Tommy Haas vs Ivo Karlovic – Montreal Masters
Haas has had a brilliant summer and he is back in the world’s top 20 for the first time since January 2008.
The 31-year-old has clearly put his injury problems behind him now and his semi-final showing at Wimbledon proves this.
Straight sets loses to Querrey and Gonzalez in recent weeks may be a sign of tiredness however I feel he will have enough to get past big serving Karlovic.
The Croatian, like Haas, was at the top of his game at Wimbledon before being cast aside by Roger Federer.
However I wasn’t as impressed with ‘Big Ivo’ in a match against Andy Roddick at Washington last week.
He was a break up in both sets but was broken back and ended up losing 7-6 7-6.
If Karlovic was bang on form he would not be losing his serve as we saw for 14 sets in a row at SW19.
Haas has lost to the 6′10 giant on the last three occasions but the last time they played was in 2007.
The German is a brilliant returner and seeing as he is playing his best tennis in a long while, he should be able to pick off a few of the massive serves coming at him and advance to the second round.