Roland Garros 2019 Day 3: Match of the Day – Karlovic vs. Lopez

Ivo Karlovic vs. Feliciano Lopez

This is a throwback match between two veterans.  Also, each man plays an attacking style generally better suited to faster surfaces.  I do however expect close sets as two veterans seek to advance at a major.  One of the keys to beating Karlovic is taking care of one’s own service games.  Lopez has a strong lefty serve and a solid ability to put points away after a good serve.  This should aid him.  Also, Lopez moves quite well which is always important on clay.  Ivo leads their head-to-head 7-4, but this will be their first meeting on clay.  Lopez’s court coverage makes him the favorite in my eyes.

Still, Ivo’s game means many sets come down to a few points.  He is used to playing this way every match.  For Lopez to come through, he will have to handle points well at 4-4 and further in sets.  The Spaniard should be good for it, but if one wants to see attacking tennis as a change-up on day 3, this is a match for you.

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