It was the biggest day of Alejandro Falla’s tennis life as he was playing his debut ATP title clash at Claro Open Colombia 2013, yet the 29-year-old will be disappointed over suffering a straight sets defeat against Ivo Karlovic in Bogota final. On the other hand, the 155th-ranked Croat lifted his fifth career trophy, the first one after 2008. Just like in the previous rounds, the 34-year-old battled past his today’s opponent without dropping a service game along the way.
The opening set was decided in the fourth game when Karlovic – who recently made a comeback after being sidelined for more than two months – generated a couple of break point opportunities and converted the second one for a 3-1 lead. He confirmed the break convincingly and held his remaining service games easily as well – it was one set to love for the big-serving veteran.
In the set number two the home hope was able to keep his nose in front, but the Croat kept up and got close to snatching a crucial break at 5-5. However, World no. 122 Falla extinguished a 0-40 danger and the second set tie-break followed – one mini-break was sufficient for Karlovic to prepare a championship ball and tuck it away to cap off his impressive week at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament and win the battle of unseeded players 6-3, 7-6 (4) after one hour and twenty minutes of play, smashing 16 aces over the course of the match.
“It was an unbelievable week,” former World no. 14 Karlovic explained after receiving the trophy. “Everybody was really nice. I would like also to congratulate Alejandro for an unbelievable week and I would like to thank all the fans and sponsors. I hope I will be here next year.”