Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic hit 29 aces as he beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-7(5), 7-6(eight), 6-Four within the first spherical of the Barcelona Open on Monday.
The Croatian, each the oldest and tallest participant on the clay court docket match at 39 years previous and 211 centimetres, used his cannonball serve to beat the previous champion on the membership he has skilled at since he was 14.
Karlovic will face one other Spaniard in eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday within the spherical of 32.
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Pablo Cuevas, Rogerio Dutra Silva, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Malek Jaziri, Leonardo Mayer and Stefanos Tsitsipas all progressed in straight units.
Dusan Lajovic beat Pedro Martinez 6-Four, 6-7(5), 6-Three, whereas Benoit Paire squeezed previous Nicolas Jarry 7-6(Four), 6-7(Three), 6-Four.
Event favorite Rafael Nadal will likely be seeking to triumph for the 11th time on the occasion on the court docket named in his honour. He will get into motion on Wednesday towards the winner of Andreas Haider-Maurer towards Roberto Carballes Baena.
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Contemporary from profitable at Monte Carlo, Nadal is seeking to take the Barcelona Open title for the third yr working.
“It’s a really tough subject and my draw just isn’t going to be simple,” the 31-year-old advised a information convention on Monday. “I’ll have some powerful opponents. I might want to play very properly.”
Nadal will face late entry Novak Djokovic within the quarter-finals ought to each gamers attain that stage.