An intriguing match-up is scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon, as Ivo Karlovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber meet in final of the Dusseldorf Open. Karlovic leads the head-to-head series 2-1 with victories in Cincinnati (2008) and Doha (2011).
German No. 2 Philipp Kohlschreiber fulfilled his expectation as the top seed and on home soil, as he dispatched Croatian qualifier Mate Delic in the quarter-finals before seeing off Denis Istomin in a three-set semi-final. His next test will likely be his toughest one this week, as Karlovic has the physical attirbutes to trouble Kohlschreiber.
Following his first round exit in Rome, Ivo Karlovic rebounded with a strong showing in Dusseldorf, as he battled past Milojevic, Juan Monaco and Czech youngster Jiri Vesely. He will be looking to carry the momentum forth in the final before he arrives in Paris for his opening round match-up against Grigor Dimitrov.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Karlovic leading the series 2-1. This is the first time they will meet on clay, which will certainly factor into the result. Karlovic holds the advantage on hard courts but has shown more weaknesses on the red dirt. If Kohlschreiber performs at his best then he will earn his first title of the season.
Prediction: Philipp Kohlschreiber in Three Sets