and the season isn't even over. Health average ace per match: 20.4 per match. In the future a health Pim Pim and Isner can give him a run in the ace department.
Ferrer will next meet Croatian Ivo Karlovic
, who became only the fourth player to hit 1,000 aces in a season after a 7-6(5), 7-6(6) victory over Lleyton Hewitt of Australia. Karlovic hit 25 aces - for a total of 73 aces this week - and won 91% (51/56) of points on first serve. He has now played five consecutive tie-breaks in the past two matches and improves to 33-17 this year.
The match was suspended for 10 minutes due to rain at the start of the second set tie-break. Upon the resumption of play, Hewitt squandered three set points. He hit nine aces in total and won 35 of 40 points on first serve.
The ATP started collating ace statistics as part of the RICOH ATP MatchFacts in 1991. Legendary American Pete Sampras was the first player to pass the 1,000 ace mark during the 1993 season, while Karlovic’s compatriot Goran Ivanisevic set the ATP season record of 1,477 aces in 1996.