Karlovic sends Blake into retirement
James Blake’s tennis career came to an emotional end after 14 years on Thursday morning at the US Open with a standing ovation after a first-round loss to Ivo Karlovic. “That ovation makes me realize everything I did, every bit of hard work was worth it,” Blake said.
The 79th-ranked Croatian beat him 6-7 (2/7), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) in three hours and 24 minutes. Karlovic blasted his 38th ace on match point, tying the third-most aces in any match in US Open history.AFP