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Karlovic Strikes Down Berdych In Doha

Doha, Qatar

Karlovic© AFP/Getty ImagesAce machine Ivo Karlovic struck again on Monday.

Ivo Karlovic, who is No. 6 among all-time ace leaders according to ATP MatchFacts, continued his big-serving ways on Monday when he caused a major upset at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

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, "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."

Two-time former finalist Gael Monfils hit nine aces and lost five of his first service points in beating Santiago Giraldo 7-6(1), 6-2 in 78 minutes.

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.

In the qualifying round, Dustin Brown, Dominic Thiem, Daniel Evans and Peter Gojowczyk booked their spots in the main draw.

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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.

Fourth seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov and Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 7-6(4) in 64 minutes. The duo was 1-2 in ATP World Tour finals in 2013.

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.

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