• Dodig, Karlovic in Zagreb action on Thursday

    2/2/12 3:31 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Dodig, Karlovic in Zagreb action on Thursday Croats Ivan Dodig and Ivo Karlovic will take the court in front of their countrymen as the second round wraps up in Zagreb.

    Ivan Dodig (4) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

    Defending champion Ivan Dodig will take on Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez as the two men fight for a spot in the Zagreb quarterfinals.

    This match is actually a repeat of last year's semifinal in which Dodig just edged Garcia-Lopez in a long three-set match. That meeting was their only other encounter on the tennis court.

    Dodig will have the support of the crowd, but Garcia-Lopez is a worthy opponent. The Spaniard would come into the match favored if the two men were playing on a clay court, but the quicker surface gives the big-hitting Dodig a decided edge. Prediction – The Croat in another three-set battle.

    Dudi Sela vs. Ivo Karlovic (8)

    A match between Dudi Sela and Ivo Karlovic always has a comical edge to it, as Karlovic stands more than a foot taller than his Israeli opponent. Sela is a diminutive 5'9'' while Karlovic towers at 6'10''.

    Their only other match, at the 2008 Australian Open, resulted in a four-set win for Karlovic, who uncharacteristically broke Sela a number of times in the last three sets. The matchup is tricky for anyone, due to Karlovic's complete bomb of a first serve, but it's particularly tough for Sela because he does not have a particularly impressive serve or return.

    Prediction – Except another win for Karlovic with at least one tiebreaker.

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