By Niall Clarke
- Bedene vs Karlovic preview
- Both players looking to snap losing streaks
Acapulco, Mexico- Aljaz Bedene will face 6ft11 Ivo Karlovic in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.
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The British number two is looking to snap a four match losing streak which extends to the opening tournament of the year where he made the semi finals of the Chennai Open.
Karlovic has yet to record a win in 2016 and has not tasted victory since the Swiss Indoors Basel in October 2015.
10 years of age and 23 ranking points separate the two players but Bedene won their only previous meeting in 2011. That match came in Vienna where Karlovic was forced to retire after losing the first set tiebreaker due to an injury.
The Brit failed to qualify for the event last year so is making his main draw debut in Acapulco. The Croatian on the other hand made the quarter finals 12 months a go but lost narrowly to Ryan Harrison.
The 6ft11 giant possesses arguably the greatest serve of all time and is the current record holder for the most career aces. Karlovic also likes to attack the net and keep points as short as possible because his movement is limited due to his size.
Bedene will have to be patient and take the opportunities presented as it is likely he will not see many break points on his opponent’s serve. The Brit will also like to keep the match baseline orientated and look to exploit the movement of Karlovic.
Luis Patino or Robin Haase await the winner in the second round with top seed David Ferrer projected for the quarter finals. The Spaniard will face John Millman in round one before meeting either Steve Johnson or Alexandr Dolgoplov.
Bedene is the only British male in ATP main draw action this week after Kyle Edmund failed to qualify for the main draw in Dubai. The Brit lost in straight sets to Croatia’s Franko Skugor 6-4, 6-2.
Bedene will take to the court on Tuesday or Wednesday.
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