Tommy Haas had been the longest-serving tennis player to add a victory in the ATP circuit in recent times. The German, current director of Indian Wells, won Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Roger Federer in the second round of Halle, in 2017. Haas was then 39 years old.
One more has Ivo Karlovic, who is already in the third round of the first Masters 1000 of the calendar after consecutively overcoming Matthew Ebden and his compatriot Borna Coric. The last forty-year-old able to add two wins in the same tournament was Jimmy Connors in Halle 1995. The American served as the executioner of Sebastian Lareau and Martin Sinner.
The first week of January, qualifying for the Pune final, the Croatian also became the oldest to fight for a title since 1977. Ken Rosewall had 43 springs when he played the last round of Hong Kong. Karlovic, of 2.11 meters, has accredited the best service records in the men’s circuit.