11:45 – Karlovic v Serra
Rankings are 40 and 67. Head to heads are 2-0 to Karlovic.
Karlovic has gone out in the first round of the last 3 tournaments. However the stats say that he wins 92% of his service games. His problem seems to be in breaking down his opponent’s serve.
Serra wins 75% of service games so we could be in for a close match ( as long as they are both fit)
Back Karlovic on serve and stick with that as long as he isnt struggling to hold in the first few games.
Should be at least 1 tie break here. If Karlovic’s serve is working properly he will win this match.
Update: The expected tie break came in the first set with Serra taking it 7 points to 5. In that first set Karlovic was hitting 73% of first serves and served 17 aces. Also as predicted he struggled to cope with the Serra serve.
The first half of the second set went with serve but Karlovic found it harder to hold his own serve. Serra was holding very easily and in that second set Karlovic only won 7 points against serve.
Serra finally broke Karlovic’s serve at 4-4 and served for the match. Nerves kicked in a little and it went to deuce but Serra closed out the match.