Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian Open

first_imgIvo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenIvo Karlovic fired 39 aces to battle past Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian Open.advertisement Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 14:30 IST Ivo Karlovic, 39, said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete (Photo tweeted by @AustralianOpen)HIGHLIGHTSIvo Karlovic beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian OpenKarlovic, who is world No.73, fired 39 aces to match his ageKarlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1992Bashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round on Tuesday.On a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, the towering Croat’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win on Court 19 made him the oldest victor at the tournament since Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44.World number 73 Karlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors beat Jaime Oncins to reach the second round of the 1992 US Open.Karlovic, whose birthday falls on February 28, will be officially middle-aged next month but said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete.”I think I’m healthy so hopefully there will be no injuries,” the 6-ft 11-in (2.11 metres) Zagreb man told Reuters at Melbourne Park.”As long as my ranking is up and I get in to all these tournaments, I don’t see any reason I should stop.”The oldest man in the men’s singles ahead of 37-year-old double defending champion Roger Federer, Karlovic advanced a day after 31-year-old Andy Murray played possibly his last match at Melbourne Park on Monday.The former world number one Briton has been suffering severe pain in his right hip and said before the tournament that he might have to retire.Where Murray’s all-court, scrambling, defensive game has undoubtedly taken its toll, Karlovic’s longevity may be explained in part by his commitment to the now rarely seen art of serve-volley.advertisementBoasting a monster serve and an arm-span that can seem as wide as the court, the Croat keeps points short and sharp.The style can be picked apart by good passers and the power of modern baseline pounders but it has served former world number 14 Karlovic well in a very respectable career of eight titles.No rally against Hurkacz exceeded four points and the silver-haired Karlovic sealed the match when the Pole sent an attempted passing shot into the tramlines.He raised his long arms into the air in triumph as a rowdy smattering of Croatian fans chanted, “Ivo! Ivo! Ivo!”Why would he want to leave all this, he asked.”This range of emotions from winning to losing, it’s, I don’t know, it’s different,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ivo KarlovicFollow Hubert HurkaczFollow Australian Openlast_img read more

Humanoid Robot Pepper has Canadian launch at ATB Financial

Don’t worry, it’s not taking any jobs, but a robot is coming to a Calgary bank near you.On Tuesday, ATB Financial introduced Pepper, a four-foot tall humanoid robot that will engage with customers and eventually perform other services for the bank.ATB Financial President and CEO Dave Mowat with their new humanoid robot Pepper, a unique customer service rep. #yyc pic.twitter.com/EpvLwDNz63— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 25, 2017President and CEO Dave Mowat said it’s an early look into utilizing artificial intelligence.“It’s not like we’re going to force people to deal with robots or anything like that,” he said. “But artificial intelligence lets you do some very kind of mundane things very quickly and with memory of you, and I think that’s what customers want.”Mowat said they are going to experiment with how they use the robots, although they will be at select branches starting next May.He said Pepper could ideally perform online chat with customers, answer call centre queries and help staff in back offices.“I think the biggest thing is when companies sometimes introduce technology, they do it to make our life better as a bank and the reason we’ve got Pepper out is we’re going to try and figure out how we can use artificial intelligence to make the customer experience better,” he said.A look into the future, a demonstration of ATB robot Pepper #yyc pic.twitter.com/E3kn2Rm2gj— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 25, 2017Along with greeting and explaining products and services, Pepper can also take selfies and dance.Pepper was developed by Softwood Robotics America in San Francisco and the robot is already in use in different parts of Asia and Europe.“It’s our first partner in Canada overall, so this a very special moment for us,” Global Product Manager Bill Lott said.Lott added Pepper has voice and face recognition and can actually detect if someone is happy and respond to questions appropriately.But wait, there more! Pepper even dances ! #yyc pic.twitter.com/AtYf0cGsEm— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 25, 2017 Calgary|YYC by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2017 1:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Lucas Meyer – 660 NEWS) Humanoid Robot ‘Pepper’ has Canadian launch at ATB Financial read more