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Old 06-15-2005, 04:02 PM   #53
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I am really nervous about Ivo's match!

Just found another article:

NOTTINGHAM, England (AFP) - Big-serving Ivo Karlovic hammered out his position as a dangerman at next week's Wimbledon with a rapidfire 6-4, 6-4 opening win at the Nottingham grasscourt tournament.

The 6ft 10in Croatian, who has reached successive grasscourt finals at Surbiton and Queen's Club in the run-up to Wimbledon, took just 59 minutes to beat Russia's Igor Andreev.

Karlovic, who knocked out defending champion Lleyton Hewitt at the 2003 Wimbledon, sent down 11 aces in his win on Tuesday.

"If I play well I have got a chance of winning Wimbledon - I feel I am now playing the best I have ever played on grass," said Karlovic who will be one of the unseeded players that the big stars will want to avoid when the Wimbledon draw is made on Thursday.

"Last year I was pretty unlucky with the draw because I had to play Federer who is almost unbeatable on grass.

"But if the draw is kind to me this year I can certainly do better than I did last year."

And Karlovic believes he has another good reason to fancy his chances of upsetting the odds at Wimbledon after watching countryman Goran Ivanisevic romp to the title as a wild card in 2001.

"I take my inspiration from what Goran achieved in 2001. For a man from such a small country as Croatia to become Wimbledon champion is unbelievable."

Karlovic has hit form at the right time as he bids to build on last week's superb victories over Hewitt and Thomas Johansson at Queen's.

Prior to his run to the final at Surbiton two weeks ago he had lost in the first round of eight consecutive tournaments going back to the beginning of March.

But his grass-court expertise is now beginning to make his prospective Wimbledon rivals sit up and take notice.

Experienced Belarussian Max Mirnyi, who enjoyed a 6-2, 6-0 first-round win over Sargis Sargsian of Armenia, said: "It would be strange if Ivo were not one of the favourites for Wimbledon.

"He has such a big serve and has done so well in the last couple of weeks that his chances must be very good."
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