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|Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, pictured in July 2018, reached the second round of the ATP Maharashtra Open. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP)|
Using all his 2.11 metres height, Karlovic hit 13 aces as he disposed of 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5 at the Indian tournament.
The world number 100 set up a second-round encounter against Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
Number five seed Benoit Paire, who has reached the semi-finals three times, beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.
The Frenchman will now play Czech Jiri Vesely who in turn beat French qualifier Antoine Hoang 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Ramkumar Ramanathan is the last remaining Indian hope after coming back to beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.