Following an impressive week at the All England Club, Andy Murray is through to the second week at the Wimbledon Championships, where all eyes will be on him to determine how far he can advance this season at the prestigious grass court Slam. He will continue his campaign for a second title at this event when he meets towering Croat Ivo Karlovic for a sixth time on the professional tour. Murray holds an impenetrable 5-0 record in the head-to-head series and will look to maintain that undefeated streak en route to the quarter-final.
World No. 3 Andy Murray needed four sets to get past Andreas Seppi on Saturday but it was not an exceptionally difficult encounter. He called on the trainer to help work on his right shoulder and then resumed play to oust the Italian in a quick fourth set. Murray struck 32 winners, including 10 aces. He will now move on to challenge the big serving Croat in the fourth round.
“He served extremely well this tournament,” said Murray about Karlovic. “A couple matches here where he served over 40 aces. In Halle, as well, he served I think the record for three sets with his match with Berdych. Extremely tough match. I’ll need to be very sharp on my returns and try and find a way to get as many of his serves back in play as possible and see what happens. But it’s obviously a very, very tricky match.”
Karlovic has proven to be a serving sensation on the grass courts of SW 19, as he struck more than 40 aces for a third time this week to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. He won the match 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(9) on Saturday.
“I know every game is different,” said Karlovic. “I always try to begin good and if it’s a lot of aces like this, then of course it is easier. Each point is a new one, so I don’t feel like nobody can beat me. I just always go on to the next one.”
This marks the sixth time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Muray leading the series with an undefeated 5-0 record. This includes a previous win at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, so Murray should still be the heavy favourite to come out victorious in their clash on Monday.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Four Sets