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Karlovic Hits 18 Aces To Oust Seventh Seed Dimitrov

Zagreb, Croatia

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Croatian Ivo Karlovic fired 18 aces as he edged seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6(3), 7-6(3) on Tuesday in the first round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Neither player created a break point chance in the 90-minute contest.

Zagreb-native Karlovic claimed his first tour-level win since reaching the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (l. to Bellucci) in October. The 33 year old is playing his hometown event for the eighth time and is a three-time quarter-finalist.

Slovakian Martin Klizan also recorded his first match win of 2013. The fifth seed defeated Italian lucky loser Matteo Viola 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 in two hours and 31 minutes, having converted six of his 14 break point opportunities. 

Czech Lukas Rosol recovered from his record-breaking seven-hour Davis Cup doubles match on Saturday to beat Croatian qualifier Filip Veger 6-2, 6-4. Rosol had partnered Tomas Berdych to a 24-22 fifth victory over Switzerland at the weekend.

German qualifier Philipp Petzschner set a second-round meeting with Italian No. 2 seed Andreas Seppi after beating Croatian wild card Mate Pavic 7-5, 6-2 in 61 minutes. World No. 122 Petzschner was a semi-finalist in Zagreb three years ago (l. to Berrer).

Two Slovenians advanced in three-set battles. Grega Zemlja beat Serbia’s Ilija Bozoljac 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-2, while Blaz Kavcic beat countryman Aljaz Bedene 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3. The contest between Kavcic and Bedene was the first all-Slovenian match in the main draw of an ATP World Tour event.

Indian Somdev Devvarman also advanced to the second round when his opponent, German qualifier Michael Berrer, retired due to fatigue in the third set. Devvarman was leading 0-6, 7-6(6), 4-1, with Berrer having held match point at 6-5 in the second set tie-break.

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