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#CTLStarWatch - The Week That Was
The week before the Mutua Madrid Open is a relatively light week of international tennis with only ATP 250s and WTA Internationals taking place. Understandably, many players took the week off to prepare for the big tournament ahead.
IVO KARLOVIC SCALES 300 WINS ON THE ATP WORLD TOUR
Big serving Ivo Karlovic has endured a horrendous 2016 till date suffering from a left knee injury. His comebacks were anything but successful and he went through an eight match losing streak. Karlovic was able to break the rut in Istanbul stringing together a couple of crucial wins for his confidence.
2015 had been a landmark year for Ivo Karlovic as he broke the ATP World Tour record for the most number of aces hit on tour and he was ranked as high as 18 at the age of 36 which is a monumental achievement. Having just turned 37, Karlovic would hope the run in Istanbul to semifinals turns a corner this year.
Karlovic beat Dusan Lajovic in two tight tie breaks at the Istanbul Open to register his 300th win on the ATP World Tour. Joining elite company, this achievement is a testament to his consistency and longevity in the game. His first breakthrough in the game was way back in 2003 when he upset the then defending champion and World No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of Wimbledon. He has come a long way since then continuing to stay relevant in the game. Karlovic reached the semifinals after winning a titanic three set battle against Marcel Granollers before falling short in a close two setter against 2nd seed Grigor Dimitrov.
DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR VISHNU VARDHAN
For the second time in as many weeks, Vishnu Vardhan won two titles in a week. This time Vardhan completed a double at the ITF $10,000 Futures in Chandigarh. Seeded 2, Vardhan strolled through the draw comfortably till he was tested in the final by Indonesian, David Agung Susanto. After a blip in the second set, Vardhan triumphed 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Vishnu Vardhan partnered fellow CTL player, Sriram Balaji to win the doubles title as well.
Divij Sharan had another solid week in the US reaching the Tallahassee Challenger semifinals. In a loaded Challenger field, it was another solid outing for the Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja.
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