In a battle of giants, Anderson prevailed 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) in two hours and forty four minutes to win the title after losing the final to Gilles Simon a year ago.
In another record, Anderson at 6-foot-8 (2.03 meters), and Karlovic at 6-foot-11 (2.11 meters), combined to make it the tallest final in the Open era, according to the ATP website.
"It was really close, it could have gone either way". I did not want to finish like that, said Darcis.
South Africa's Anderson negated thundering serves from the 39-year-old Croat-including 36 aces- in an excruciating in a three-set final to take his sixth ATP Title 7-6 (4), 6 (2)-7, 7-6 (5).
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Eventually the set stayed on serve and in the tie-breaker, Karlovic served a double fault at 2-3 and then netted a half-volley to hand a 5-2 cushion to the South African.
Living up to the reputation of the "big servers" tag, both the finalists had aced their way to the final-with 88 aces in four matches and 55 aces in as many matches."It could have gone either way", said Anderson. "Obviously very, very pleased to have gone one step further than previous year", said the two-time Grand Slam finalist.
Anderson earns 250 ATP Ranking points and gains $90 990 in prize money for lifting the trophy.
On the way to their first title together, the home favorites and top seeds pulled off incredible wins in their two rounds prior to the final as they saved multiple match points in both those matches, saving six against the Indo-Mexico pair of Leander Paes and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in the quarterfinals, and two against the pair of Simon Bolleli and Ivan Dodig in the semis. But the lanky Croatian's game improved in the second set as he won 100% points off his first service to make it hard for the World No. 6. The world number 13 had a breakthrough season past year when she won titles at Wuhan and New Haven. However, each time Karlovic put his booming serve to good use and got away with the games.