Karlovic progresses in Paris
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:55
The giant Croatian was typically dominant on serve with Cuevas failing to gain a single break point.
Karlovic took the first set on a tie-break before completing a 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 triumph to set up a meeting with Swedish ninth seed Robin Soderling.
There was disappointment for the home crowd in Bercy as Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu was forced to retire from his match against Viktor Troicki when 7-6 (7/4) 3-0 down.
Andreas Seppi proved too strong for Phillip Kohlschreiber, winning 6-3 6-3, while Tomas Berdych edged out qualifier Vincent Millot 6-3 7-6 (7/4).
Another qualifier, Lukasz Kubot, fared better, however, beating Andreas Beck 6-4 3-6 6-4.
Monday night’s action is headlined by Marat Safin, the former world number one who is playing in his final tournament before retirement.
Safin, a three-time winner of this tournament, meets home favourite Thierry Ascione.