Karlovic Downs Dzumhur at Hungarian Open

by John on April 26, 2017

 

Second seed Ivo Karlovic beat Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Hungarian Open in Budapest earlier today. The big serving Karlovic, who had lost six of his previous seven matches this year, received an opening round bye. Karlovic improved to 6-7 in 2017 and 2-0 against Dzumhur lifetime. Doctor Ivo served eight aces and had numerous service winners on the red clay of the National Training Center, while being broken just once. Dzumhur, ranked No. 90 in the world, played sluggishly in dropping the opening set, but rallied and gave Karlovic a battle right up until the end. The 24-year-old Bosnian’s biggest claim to fame in his tennis career so far came earlier in the year when he upset world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the first round at Dubai. Karlovic parlayed service breaks in the fourth and sixth games of the first set to capture the opener in just 21 minutes. The 6-foot-11 Croatian, having yielded no more than two points in any service game up until the eighth game of the second set, finally cracked then. Karlovic fell behind 0-40 and was broken when Dzumhur cashed his first and only break-point opportunity. A quick hold at love and the Bosnian evened the match at a set apiece. Both players held without any trouble until the 10th game of the final set. Dzumhur, serving to stay in the match at 4-5, fell behind 15-40 and succumbed when Karlovic’s half-volley clipped the net and fell out of reach of the Bosnian’s racket. It was over in one hour and 25 minutes. Karlovic won 75 percent of his first service points and 59 percent of his second. Dzumhur, who served one ace, won 66 percent of his first serves and saved two of five break points. Karlovic will play Aljaz Bedene of Great Britain in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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