A black cloud hovers over The Outer Courts tonight as we leave Indian Wells Tennis Garden after watching Ivo Karlovic's quest for a title come up short. Our man Ivo lost to 23rd-ranked Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-4 in a second round matchup on the same court we watched him defeat Jack Sock on just days ago.
Matt and I looked forward to this match all day and we made sure we had a seat directly behind Ivo's chair so we could root him on like we've been fans our entire our lives. We lucked out and met two more Ivo Karlovic fans prior to the match, and together we formed a cheering section that would rival any fan base in all of sports. Unfortunately, our passionate chants of encouragement weren't enough to push the Croatian Sensation to victory over the American. Ivo needed a return game, and that, we were unable to provide.
But this isn't the end of our Ivo Karlovic fandom. In fact, this is only the beginning. We'll continue to follow Ivo throughout the season and we plan to bring others on board. The Ivo Karlovic bandwagon is leaving the station and there's plenty of room for everyone. Punch your ticket, America. It's going to be a fun ride aboard the Karlovic Express in 2013.