QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN 2014
Karlovic Strikes Down Berdych In Doha
by ATP Staff|
Karlovic added 24 aces to his career tally – 7,834 aces overall – with a 7-6(7), 7-6(4) win over fourth seed and World No. 7 Tomas Berdych in one hour and 47 minutes. Karlovic’s fourth win in six FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings featured no breaks of serve.
Berdych told ATPWorldTour.com, "It is really tough. I have played Ivo twice now in the past couple of months (also Swiss Indoors Basel). I didn’t lose my serve, but still it isn’t enough. I have lost four tie-breaks in a row. So well done to Ivo.
"It is hard to play someone who serves that well. It is also difficult to find my rhythm. Ivo is not an opponent you appreciate playing early on. You never have your destiny in your hands. You are waiting to see what will happen. I now must look forward to matches in the doubles."
Monfils was runner-up in 2006 (l. to Federer) and 2012 (l. to Tsonga). He improved to 3-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Giraldo.
Eighth seed Fernando Verdasco sent off Italian Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and seven minutes. The Spaniard next faces Victor Hanescu, who won his match against Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-2. Other winners on Monday include Lukasz Kubot and Germany's Tobias Kamke.
Murray/Zimonjic Scrape Into QFs
Andy Murray and Nenad Zimonjic scraped past all-German team Daniel Brands and Florian Mayer 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 in 90 minutes for a spot in the quarter-finals. Zimonjic is set to play with Daniel Nestor during the 2014 ATP World Tour season.
Wild cards Rafael Nadal and Francisco Roig advanced against Pablo Andujar and Lukas Rosol with a 6-3, 2-6, 10-4 victory. Germans Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle 6-2, 7-5.