Halle R1 previews and picks: Youzhny vs. Karlovic, Gasquet vs. Haase

The Grandstand

YouzhnyMikhail Youzhny and Ivo Karlovic are set for a tough first-round matchup on Tuesday in Halle. Richard Gasquet and Robin Haase are also bidding for a place in the last 16.

(6) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Ivo Karlovic

Youzhny and Karlovic will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers when they do battle in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open on Tuesday. All three of their previous encounters have gone Youzhny’s way, and their most recent showdown resulted in a typical Karlovic match. The 6’11” Croat actually won 10 more points than his opponent in the 2012 Zagreb quarterfinals, but it was Youzhny who scored a 7-6(10), 3-6, 7-6(6) victory.

Karlovic looks like he is poised to turn the tide right now. The world No. 33 is coming off a final in Dusseldorf and a third-round appearance at the French Open. He also finished runner-up on the…

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