Ivo Karlovic  vs Aljaz Bedene H2H: Bedene leads 2-0
You have to wonder which Brit got it right. While Kyle Edmund had an early exit in Barcelona, Dan Evans seems to be finding his clay-feet and Andy Murray (who took the wild-card for extra matches) has yet to strike a ball in anger as the Rains in Spain fall mainly on Barcelona.
Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene prepares for his sixth quarter-final of 2017 at the Hungarian Open. The British No.4 is making his way up the rankings courtesy of two big title wins on the Challenger circuit, where he accumulated ten victories in succession.
Bedene, who now who is back up to No. 68 in the rankings, will face the second-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the quarter-final of the Hungarian Open. Karlovic has not had the greatest of years on the ATP tour – he had won only five matches coming into this event. Bedene would give himself a very good shot at beating the World No.22 because it is being played on a slow outdoor clay court, which is probably Bedene’s best chance of toppling the giant Croat for a third time.
The slower surface can neutralise Karlovic’s serve and give Bedene more of an opportunity to get the ball back into play, which would not necessarily be the case on a fast hard court or on grass, where the task would become that much greater.
Bedene has made quite a name for himself on the Challenger circuit and is yet to be defeated on a clay court in 2017. It may look like a David vs Goliath match-up, but Bedene has shown positive and steady progress at the right time and should progress to the Hungarian Open semi-finals and stretch the H2H to 3-0 in his favour.
Prediction: Bedene in three sets.
Bedene and Karlovic are scheduled on Court 2 at 12pm (11am BST).
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