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.
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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.