will be looking to make an impact on Clay this Summer ahead of the French Open which gets underway in a few weeks time.
Karlovic’s huge serve and big all round games tends to be neutralised on Clay and he will be hoping that he can finally have a good run on the surface.
The Croat’s best results have without doubt been on grass and on hard courts, in 2003 he defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the 1st round of Wimbledon when the Australian was the defending champion.
Karlovic’s best win came in 2008 in the ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati Ohio when he beat the World Number 1 Roger Federer in 3 tight sets.
If Karlovic can find his best form then he has a shot at pulling off some upsets this week at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal will start the tournament as a strong favourite.