Ivo Karlovic bests Alejandro Falla in Colombia for 1st title since '08

July 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

BOGOTA, July 21 (UPI) -- Croatia's Ivo Karlovic Sunday earned his first title since 2008 with a straight-set win over Alejandro Falla in the Claro Open Colombia final.

Karlovic, who recently returned after missing 2 1/2 months while battling viral meningitis, dispatched Falla 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at Centro de Alto Rendimiento, taking his first triumph since the Nottingham event of June 2008.

The 34-year-old used a tiebreaker to notch is fifth overall ATP Tour title, becoming the second-oldest tour winner this season. Germany's Tommy Haas, 35, won the BMW Open in May.

Falla, meanwhile, was foiled in a bid to become the first Colombian to claim a title since 1995 in his maiden championship match appearance.

He made Sunday's final after upsetting top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic Friday.

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