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17
Jun
10

Stepanek & Karlovic withdraw from Wimbledon.

Ivo Karlovic and Radek Stepanek have both withdrawn from Wimbledon starting on Monday because of injury.

Stepanek was seeded 22 but is out with knee trouble, which will also sideline him for the Czech Republic’s Davis Cup quarter-final with Chile next month.

The big-serving Croatian Karlovic was due to have been seeded 25th, but has been troubled by a foot injury.

Victor Hanescu of Romania has been elevated to number 31 seed with the remaining seed still to be announced.

At 6ft 10, Karlovic is the tallest player on the tour and at last year’s Championships reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final, losing to Roger Federer.

Karlovic was also thought a formidable opponent on grass because of his unique serve, which produced a remarkable 158 aces on his run to the last eight at SW19.

The 31-year-old reached round four of the Australian Open this year, before he was beaten by Rafael Nadal.

Stepanek, also 31, reached the final of the Brisbane International in January but has failed to survive beyond the second round of any other tournament this year, losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Karlovic.

He announced in March that he was suffering from fatigue syndrome and withdrew from last week’s grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, because of throat inflammation.

His best finish at Wimbledon is also the quarter-finals, which was in 2006.

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01
Mar
10

Gulbis breaks his maiden with a victory in Delray Beach.

Ernests Gulbis claimed his first ever ATP Tour title with a straight sets win over Ivo Karlovic at the Delray Beach International Championships.

The 21-year-old adapted to the blustery conditions better than second seed Karlovic to win 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 20 minutes.

Karlovic, who was celebrating his 31st birthday, had held 46 of his 47 service games to reach the final but was broken four times by the world number 72 who became the first Latvian to win on tour.

“Everything I do now is first time for my country,” said Gulbis, who was also playing in his first final.

“Of course it’s great. I hope it’s positive. I hope much more players will start to practise in Latvia.

“It’s good for tennis in Latvia. They see that a guy from Latvia also can make it and win an ATP World Tour event.

“I felt comfortable. I like being in the final. I felt nobody’s giving me pressure.

“It was really windy today; it was tough wind. I think he couldn’t get really good timing for the serve. He wasn’t hitting so many first serves in. I knew what I had to do against him.”

Gulbis had to fend off two break-point chances early before reeling off four consecutive games to win the opening set.

In the second set Gulbis broke to go 2-1 ahead before breaking Karlovic again in the ninth game to close out the match.

“He was playing really good. Everything that he hit was in,” Karlovic said.

“He was very cool, calm. Nothing could impress him. This year is going to be his breakthrough.”

18
Sep
09

6 hours, 82 games and just 1 service break!

stepanek 2In one of the longest matches on record Radek Stepanek finally defeated Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 14-16! After 82 games lasting 6 hours there was just one break of service in the entire match. Karlovic had a match point on Stepanek’s service at 11-10 in the 5th set, but failed to convert. The win gives the Czeck Republic a 1-0 advantage over Croatia.

In the seaside city of Porec in Croatia, it was an absolute marathon on the opening day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semi final tie between Croatia and the Czech Republic, two nations that have won this glorious championship once before. The Croats won it in 2005 and the Czechs in 1980.

After the opening day’s singles that saw a total of nine hours 47 minutes of tennis played, the Czech Republic has placed itself one match away from the final of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

The day started with the amazing match between Radek Stepanekand Ivo Karlovic which Stepanek won to give the visitors the early lead. It then seemed like the Czechs were cruising to a quick 2-0 lead when Tomas Berdychlead Marin Cilic by two sets to love but the lanky Croat rallied and forced a fifth set.

Berdych then seemed to get a second wind and he rolled through the final set to seal the victory 63 63 36 46 63 in three hours 48 minutes.

17
Aug
09

Gael Monfils another victim of Dr. Ivo.

monfils (2)Ninth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon was an easy opening-round winner, while his 13th-seeded countryman Gael Monfils was an upset victim Monday at the $3 million Western & Southern Financial Masters.

Simon handled American wild card Wayne Odesnik 6-3, 6-2, while Monfils was dismissed by 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2) on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Russian Igor Andreev erased German Nicolas Kiefer 6-1, 7-5, while Croatian qualifier Ivan Ljubicic outlasted France’s Florent Serra 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Day 1 here.

Additional first-round wins came for Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, German Benjamin Becker, Spaniard Nicolas Almagro and Argentine Jose Acasuso, who is rewarded with a second-rounder against the great Roger Federer. Almagro’s next bout will come against last week’s Montreal Masters champ and reigning Western & Southern titlist Andy Murray.

Murray beat Serbian star Novak Djokovic in last year’s finale here and the U.S. Open runner-up, seeded third this week, outlasted Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the final in Montreal on Sunday. A sixth-seeded del Potro pulled out of this week’s event, citing fatigue.

This week’s top seeds are the Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open champion Federer and Aussie Open titlist Rafael Nadal. The 15-time major champion Federer captured this suburban Cincinnati event in 2005 and 2007.

Two-time Cincy champ Andy Roddick is also in this week’s field. The Wimbledon runner-up titled here in 2003 and 2006 and was the ’05 runner-up to Federer.

This week’s winner will collect $443,500.

11
Jul
09

Quotes of the day,…’he makes us look silly!’

blake 4“His serve is probably the best on the tour,” Blake said. “When he hits his spots, there is nothing we can do about it.”

 “If we win doubles, as expected, we certainly have a chance” for an overall victory, U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said.

 “It was tough, but we did it,” Cilic said.

“I certainly gave everything I had,” Fish said. “Clay is not my best surface, but I think I played very well.”

Karlovic said “Playing five sets for me, being tall and heavy, is not easy.”  “This is one of the biggest wins in my career.”

“The tiebreak in the fourth set is the best I have seen him play,” said Blake, adding that Karlovic’s serve “sometimes makes us looks silly.”

“My job was to win that match,” Blake said, “and I didn’t do the job.”

10
Jul
09

USA goes down 2-0 to Croatia.

Croatia Tennis Davis Cup USIvo Karlovic pounded 47 aces and rallied from two sets down to beat James Blake in five sets Friday, giving Croatia an opening victory over the United States in a Davis Cup quarterfinal.

The 6-foot-10 Karlovic won 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5 on an indoor clay court before a boisterous crowd in this Adriatic resort.

“His serve is probably the best on the tour,” Blake said. “When he hits his spots, there is nothing we can do about it.”

Croatia’s Marin Cilic followed Karlovic onto court to play Mardy Fish in the second singles. And 4 hours later, after 1am Saturday morning, Cilic defeated Fish in another epic 5 setter that was finally decided at 8-6 in the fifth set.

The USA is now behind by 2-0 with the prospect of Karlovic taking on Fish in another singles match on Sunday.

29
Jun
09

Will Dr. Ivo serve his way into history?

karlovic_17Ivo Karlovic edged his way through a tense serve-dominated match against crowd darling Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarter-finals of The Championships for the first time.

 It was the giant Croat who had the best of the tiebreaks as he prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-6), 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) in three hours and one minute.

After one hour and 41 minutes, the match had boiled down to one tiebreak success each, during which the No.1 Court crowd had come out heavily in favour of the Spaniard, who was cutting a frustrated figure for the most part as he struggled to make any impact on his opponent’s booming serve.

With Karlovic’s serve in full working order – he served up 35 aces today – he should be approached with caution, even by his next opponent Roger Federer.

After securing victory, the usually reserved Karlovic treated his barmy army of shirtless fans to a victory jig that his fellow giant sportsman Peter Crouch, the England footballer, would have been proud of.

Speaking afterwards, Karlovic said: “I took a risk with a couple of shots in the tiebreak and luckily they came off. Now I will play Roger Federer who is perhaps the best tennis player ever. I’ll have my chances. We’ll see.”

26
Jun
09

46 aces = 2 free sets for Karlovic.

Ivo-Karlovic-Wimbledon-2009-Day-Five-2_2322203Big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic secured his place in the second week of Wimbledon for just the second time in seven visits to the All England Club with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Ninth seed Tsonga simply had no answer to the brutal serving of Karlovic, who fired down a staggering 46 aces on his way to the fourth round.

Up next for Karlovic is 7th seed Verdasco, who has a big serve himself but is also vulnerable to being broken more often than Tsonga. If Karlovic can produce a similat number of aces in his next match he will be virtually unstopable. 46 aces in any match represents two sets of free points to the server, and puts so much pressure on the receiver to win his own service games to be able to reach a tie break. I doubt that Verdasco has this ability.

Looking ahead to the following round would put Karlovic up against Federer, who maybe one of the only players capable of returning the big man’s service consistently. The last time they met in October 2008, it was Karlovic who came away with the victory!




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