Ivo Karlovic has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Maharashtra Open in India. At this stage of the tournament, Karlovic will be playing against Ernests Gulbis.
Ernests Gulbis had a big win in the second round as he eliminated the number 2 seed, Hyeon Chung. During the win, Gulbis returned serve exceptionally well as he over 50% of the points played during Chung’s serve which led him to win 5 break points. It was also impressive to see Gulbis perform under pressure as he managed to win vital points during a tiebreaker which allowed him to win the first set. Such a strong performance will give Ernests Gulbis great performance heading into this clash against Karlovic.
On the other side of the coin, Ivo Karlovic also won his previous match in straight sets. Karlovic served exceptionally well in his previous match as he hit 7 aces while winning all of his service games. Karlovic is one of the tallest players of the ATP tour and his height was his biggest asset in his previous match as it made it very hard for his opponents to deal with his serve. This match is expected to be much tougher for Karlovic than his previous and Gulbis is a more accomplished player.
Ernests Gulbis and Ivo Karlovic have played 3 times in the past. Gulbis has won all 3 of the matches. The most recent clash between these two players was at the 2016 ATP Rome Masters where Ernest Gulbis won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Ernests Gulbis to win this match. Gulbis is a more accomplished player and he will be very high on confidence having just beaten the number 2 seed. Furthermore, Gulbis has an exceptional record against Karlovic. With all that on his side, I see Ernests Gulbis making into the semi-finals of the tournament.