A compelling final is set to take place on Sunday afternoon at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, as Lleyton Hewitt and Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic meet for the sixth time on the professional tour. It is a rivalry that has favoured the towering Croat in the past, as he holds a 4-1 record against Hewitt, which includes 3 wins on grass. Check out the Hewitt vs Karlovic Head to Head matches.
Living up to his performance in Newport last season, Hewitt secured another final at the International Tennis Hal of Fame tournament when he breezed past Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock 6-1, 6-2. The Australian managed to nullify the American’s big-serving tactics and faced no break points en route to the final.
“I felt pretty confident going in with my ball-striking,” said Hewitt. “I was able to nullify [Sock’s] biggest weapons – his serve and forehand – right from the start.”
Ivo Karlovic is through to his third final of the season after he disposed of young Australian Samuel Groth 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. Karlovic used his biggest weapon – his serve – to smash his way into the final but he did face some resistance from the
“It was a difficult match because [Groth] serves unbelievably,” said Karlovic. “I was lucky enough to take my opportunities and win.”
The history between Hewitt and Karlovic dates back to the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, as Karlovic dispatched the then-defending champion in the opening round of the tournament in a staggering upset. HE has held a stranglehold over the rivalry ever since, as Hewitt has only been able to win one match – a gruelling clay court battle at the 2009 French Open. The Australian is 0-3 against Karlovic on grass, which does not bode well for his chances against him tomorrow. It may be a close battle, but it will still favour Karlovic in the later stages.
Prediction: Ivo Karlovic in Three Sets