Ivo Karlovic, the tallest tennis player on the tennis circuit will face the Spaniard, Pablo Andujar in the first round of the Delray Beach Open 2021. The Croatian is ranked 148 in the ATP rankings, whereas Andujar is ranked just outside the top 50 in the 59th spot.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Delray Beach Open 2021
- Fixture: Ivo Karlovic vs Pablo Andujar
- Venue: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
- Round: Round of 32 (First round)
- Category: ATP 250
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $349,530
Ivo Karlovic vs Pablo Andujar: Match Preview
Ivo Karlovic will return to action for the first time since October, last year. The tall Croatian had a poor end to the 2020 season as he failed to make it to the main draw of the Paris Masters and the French Open. Karlovic suffered a first round loss at the US Open and could not make it past the second round in any of the tournaments he played in 2020.
Pablo Andujar last played at the Paris Masters, 2020 where he was knocked out in the first round itself. The Spaniard’s best performances in 2020 came at the Challengers events, and he did not impress much in the ATP events. He regularly suffered early round exits from the ATP events and will be looking forward to a much better performance in 2021.
Ivo Karlovic vs Pablo Andujar: Head-to-Head
The duo have met just once in the past at the 2019 Miami Masters. Pablo Andujar won the first round encounter in straight sets and leads the head to head record 1-0.
Ivo Karlovic vs Pablo Andujar: Match Prediction
There is not much to separate the two players ahead of their first round clash on Friday. Karlovic certainly has one of the best serves in the game but he is not a swift mover on court due to his age. The Croat will turn 42 this year and struggles to cover the court. Pablo Andujar will look forward to having long rallies as a way to tire the Croatian, and gain an upper hand in the match. If the match goes into a third set, Andujar is expected to win, given his fitness level as compared to Karlovic.
Match Prediction: Pablo Andujar to win in straight sets.