Bonzi - Karlovich: what to expect from a veteran?
16/01/20 at 19:30
France. Roland Garros
These rivals did not have face-to-face meetings.
Bonzi won two matches this year on clay. Karlovich won one.
Benjamin lost his serve four times in the previous match. Ivo did it once.
Three years ago Bonzi already played in the main draw of Roland Garros. Then he reached the second round, beating Daniil Medvedev. But then he faced a fiasco in the confrontation with Albert Ramos. The Frenchman did not manage to repeat his success. In 2018 Benjamin did not even overcome the first qualifying round, losing to Colombian Gal?n Riveros.
Bonzi managed to win their first qualifying match this season. In that meeting the French representative defeated Zdenek Kolar (3-6, 6-4, 7-5). This, incidentally, was only Benjamin's fourth game on clay of the season. Prior to that he beat Roberto Marcora and lost to Carlos Alcaraz and Renzo Olivo.
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It looks like Karlovic is not going to end his career. The 41-year-old Croat flew out of the top 100 and now occupies 131-st place. This allows him to play on different challengers and take part in qualifiers for the Majors. Ivo made the first step to the main grid. In the previous match he left no chances for Noah Rubin (7-6, 6-4).
It should be noted that over the past six years Karlovic has necessarily played in the main draw of the French Open. In 2019 he even beat Feliciano Lopez here, but lost to Jordan Thompson in the second round.
Despite his age, Karlovic continues to pound aces. For example, in the last match he had 13. Thanks to the strong serve the Croat is still afloat. It is possible that in a duel against Bonzi, this component will greatly help the veteran. The Frenchman cannot boast of a good game at the reception, which means that we will have a tie-break again. Perhaps there will be several of them.
Given Karlovic's style of play, we doubt that Bonzi will be able to beat the Croat by three games.
Our prediction is Ivo Karlovic's handicap (+2.5) game for the coefficient 1.81 in BC 1xBet
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