DELRAY BEACH, United States (AFP) – Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, never dropping a service game all week, defeated American Donald Young 6-3, 6-3 Sunday to win the Delray Beach Open, snapping a four-final losing streak.
Six days before his 36th birthday, Karlovic blasted 13 aces past the 25-year-old US left-hander to claim the top prize of US$84,250 and his sixth career ATP crown.
Karlovic held all 55 of his service games this week, saving all 19 break points he faced — including seven from Young — to become the oldest Delray Beach champion since Jimmy Connors in 1989.
Karlovic, playing in his 13th career ATP final, took only 69 minutes to win just his second title in seven years and his first since the 2013 Colombia Open.
Fourth-seeded Karlovic, the ATP’s tallest player at 2.11m, reached four finals last year but was beaten in the championship matches at Memphis, Dusseldorf, Newport and in trying to defend his Bogota title.