Karlovic trounces Johansson in Stockholm for third title

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 14 (Reuters) Croat Ivo Karlovic blasted 27 aces past Swede Thomas Johansson to win the Stockholm Open 6-3 3-6 6-1 today, taking his third title of the year on a third surface.

The 2.08-metres seventh seed, who has shown this week that he has more qualities to his game than his thunderous serving, is now the only player alongside world number one Roger Federer to have won titles on three different surfaces this year.

The 28-year-old won Houston's claycourt tournament in April and then on grass in Nottingham in June. The Stockholm Open is played on an indoor hardcourt surface.

With the win Karlovic also became one of six players this year with three or more titles.

Johansson, a winner here in 2000 and 2004, was broken to 4-2 by Karlovic who went on to serve home the set with an ace to wrap it up.

The Swede finally produced some decent returns in the next set as he broke the Croat to 2-0, and managed to hold serve throughout the set. Leading 5-3, the Swede saved a break point at 30-40 and went on to clinch the set with an ace.

In the decider, Johansson ran out of steam when the Croat broke his opening serve game to 2-0, and allowed Karlovic to take the next four of the five games for the match.

REUTERS BJR RAI2040

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