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Karlovic Serves Blake Out Of Basel

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tree-top Croatian Ivo Karlovic, the tallest man in tennis, rained down 24 aces on American James Blake to drive the fourth seed out of the Swiss Indoors 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 on Thursday.

The second-round setback against the 6'10" Karlovic leaves Blake with all to play for next week at the concluding Paris Masters, where final positions for the eight-man Masters Cup in Shanghai will be determined.

Blake, last year's losing finalist in China against Roger Federer, stands provisional tenth in the race for the eight-man season wrap up.

Against this month's Stockholm champion Karlovic, Blake got off to a good start as he lifted the opening set.

But the huge serves of the 6'10" Croatian began to tell, with Blake's baseline game unable to make an impression.

Blake, who last played Basel in 2003 found himself facing three Karlovic match points, saving one before going down in defeat with a return into the net after just shy of two hours.

Source - Sports Plus

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