17:30 – Brands v Karlovic (Live pics bet365.com)
Rankings are 79 and 113. Head to heads are 1-0 to Karlovic.
Karlovic is on home soil which will be a big advantage.
Brands played a Challenger event last week and reached the final but by all accounts his form wasn’t great. I’d expect him to have problems with Karlovic’s serve.
Their only previous meeting was settled in 2 tie breaks ( as was Brands loss in the final last week ) so I will not be surprised to see at least one tie break today.
In his 4 matches in 2011 Karlovic has held serve 90% of the time. Backing him on serve seems the way to go as Brands often has little idea on how to break.
Update: A very tight match with Brands winning 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.