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Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

I don`t think so...Hewitt after two tie-break`s.

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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

you'd have to think he Hewitt can handle Mirnyi then he can do the same with Karlovic but i wouldn't be surprised if Karlovic gets the better of him.

Karlovic def Hewitt 6-1, 6-1
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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

hewitt is a huge favorite, but ivo has been serving very well in the last two weeks and hewitt has had his lapses on serve. i think ivo has a chance to make it close at least
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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

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I don`t think so...Hewitt after two tie-break`s.
Totally disagree...if it goes to tiebreaks then Karlovic will win them. I think that is his best shot. He won't break the Hewitt serve at any rate.
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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

I'm not so completely conviced yet about Hewitt's play, for sure a more than solid comeback after being out of competition so long, but if Karlovic is serving well he could make it very tough for Hewitt, maybe even pull out a win. It's not impossible for him to get a few return points off Hewitt in tiebreaks to win these if he can hold his own serve very well.

Then again, Karlovic seemed to enjoy a much better time last year and I also don't rate Karlovic that good at the moment despite winning matches on grass and actually breaking serve. But I have to say that I didn't see any of Karlovic's matches on grass so far.

I surely wouldn't feel comfortable being forced to bet on this match If I HAD to bet money, I would trust Hewitt because I have the feeling/hope it might be the winning side at the end.

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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

Today hewitt was very shaky in the second set (hitting so many short balls, he was getting murdered). It gave max a chance to smash a big forehand from all the short balls he was giving him, and then finish it at the net. He also seemed to hit quite a few errors in the second.

3rd set was a different story, started to handle the mirnyi serve alot better and also cut out the short hitting (and murdered mirnyi). He really knuckled down for the final set (it was getting dark and about 8pm uk time, i thought hewitt was gonna ask the match to be called off because he was so bad in the second). It was like when max got the first break he blew the set (but thats the great thing about the warrior, he comes straight back and hands mirnyi a bitchslapping). He was struggling to put good returns into play in the second though. I didnt seem the first set im afraid, so cant comment on that one.
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Totally disagree...if it goes to tiebreaks then Karlovic will win them. I think that is his best shot. He won't break the Hewitt serve at any rate.
very true. karlovic is getting 70% of his first serves in and winning 95% of those points. there would be a lot of pressure on hewitt in the tiebreaks and he has been shaky in his first two matches
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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

I would like to see Henman get past what should be a jaded Johansson (6 sets in the space of 6 hours) and play the SF. Even if it is Hewitt, if Tim adopts a positive mindset somehow, I think he can win through to the final.
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very true. karlovic is getting 70% of his first serves in and winning 95% of those points. there would be a lot of pressure on hewitt in the tiebreaks and he has been shaky in his first two matches
If Karlovic has one hell of a serving performance, there's a lot of pressure on Hewitt because he knows he must win virtually every of his serve points in the tiebreak. Even Federer at Wimbledon needed two tiebreaks against Ivo and he couldn't have complained if one had went to other way and he couldn't afford (much) errors in them.

I'm really curious to know how this match is going tomorrow, IMO it will provide a good test for Lleyton which he hopefully will master successfully.

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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

but if it's karlovic, the curse will prevail and ivo will be in his first pro final
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If Karlovic has one hell of a serving performance, there's a lot of pressure on Hewitt because he knows he must win virtually every point in the tiebreak. Even Federer at Wimbledon needed two tiebreaks against Ivo and he couldn't have complained if one had went to other way and he couldn't afford (much) errors in them.

I'm really curious to know how this match is going tomorrow, IMO it will provide a good test for Lleyton which he hopefully will master successfully.
fed got through those tiebreaks with one minibreak in each and that was because he played flawless tennis with 0 unforced errors
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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

Tough match for the gentleman. He's facing the best serve in the world on this surface.
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but if it's karlovic, the curse will prevail and ivo will be in his first pro final
Bollocks and you know it!

Besides, Henman had him at the US Open when he could barely bend over for his back was so painful.
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Re: Can Karlovic beat Hewitt again?

true, but this is grass. june/july = croatians actually win matches
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