Ivo Karlovic retires after dropping 1st set against No. 19 Kevin Anderson at French Open

The Associated Press
May 31, 2014 04:35 AM

South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns the ball to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS - Ivo Karlovic of Croatia stopped playing because of an injury after losing the first set of his third-round French Open match Saturday against 19th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Karlovic, at 35 the oldest man left in the field, dropped three games in a row to lose the opening set 6-3. He then was treated by a trainer, who massaged the 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Karlovic's back.

Anderson moves into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the second year in a row, matching his best showing at any Grand Slam tournament. In 2013, he became the first man from South Africa to reach the round of 16 in Paris since Wayne Ferreira in 1996.


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