The evergreen Ivo Karlovic showed his younger opponent that he’s still got what it takes, hitting nine aces past Australia’s Marinko Matosevic to reach round two of the Thailand Open 2012. The Croatian, ranked 80 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, produced two solid sets winning 76 per cent of service points along the way. It was simply a case of holding your own serve and waiting for the break chances to come. Karlovic won 6-3, 6-4.
Japan’s Go Soeda defeated Thai wild card Danai Udomchoke 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 51 minutes of an often enthralling encounter. Soeda was stronger on his serve at crucial times and managed to break Udomchoke in key moments of both sets to book a place in the second round.
Gael Monfils from France and ranked 45 in the world advanced into the second round with a hard fought victory over South African Kevin Anderson. It was largely cat and mouse throughout the whole match, with both players breaking serve four times. The battle lasted two hours and 25 minutes, but the Frenchman triumphed 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. It marks a wonderful return following his injury problems.