Sijsling vs. Karlovic
|Date & Time||Thursday June 9, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Ivo Karlovic and Igor Sijsling square off early in the round of 16 at the 2016 Ricoh Open.
Ivo Karlovic is coming off a third round exit in the French Open in which he was bounced by Andy Murray in straight sets. It was the best grand slam performance from Karlovic since last years Wimbledon, and he can only hope that carries over in these next few tournaments. Karlovic has certainly had his struggles this year, as he’s lost 10 of his last 14 matches and this will only be his 14th match of the 2016 season. Karlovic showed signs of getting back to being the serve machine he was throughout his career, and even at 37 years old, he’s tough to beat when he’s serving at an above-average level. Karlovic has won 10 of his last 13 matches on grass court.
Igor Sijsling is coming off a straight sets win over Inigo Cervantes that took 16 games to decide. Sijsling dominated his match from start to finish which includes not losing a single game in the final set. Overall, Sijsling has split his last 19 matches when you include qualifying and challenger play, so he’s still trying to find a consistent rhythm this season. Just a couple of years ago Sijsling was a top-50 player and had that breakout season in 2013 in which he played in three finals. Sijsling would love nothing more than to find success in this tournament to kind of get back on track in the ATP level. Sijsling has split his last 10 matches on grass court when you include qualifying.
These two have played once, which was in the 2013 Claro Open, a match Karlovic won in straight sets. The match took 22 games to decide. This will obviously be the first time these two meet on grass court.
Karlovic has been consistent as of late and has had great recent success playing on grass. Sijsling had a decent showing in the French Open but hasn’t been impressive overall and has folded recently against better competition.
Karlovic should win this match in straight sets.