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Cilic Beats Youzhny In Munich QFs; Lopez Wins

Munich, Germany

Cilic© Bongarts/Getty ImagesMarin Cilic is bidding to reach the Munich final for a second time.

In a re-match of the 2010 BMW Open final, Marin Cilic avenged defeat to Mikhail Youzhny as he beat the Russian 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals in Munich. Youzhny saved a match point in the tie-break and led by an early break in the decider, but Cilic rallied with two service breaks to prevail in two hours and 45 minutes.

"We always have tough matches. I would say the level of tennis was high," Cilic told ATPWorldTour.com. "In the second set, Misha was playing unbelievable. He saved a match point with an amazing backhand down the line. What I was happy about today was that I kept my level going. Even though I lost my serve at the beginning of the third set, I got the momentum back and I think that was really crucial."

The third-seeded Cilic improved to a 12-4 record at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, where he has never failed to reach at least the quarter-finals in five visits. The Croatian had only won three matches this season coming into the event and is through to his first semi-final since winning his sixth title in St. Petersburg last October (d. Tipsarevic).

Cilic goes onto face home favourite Tommy Haas, who continued his impressive run with a 6-1, 7-6(3) victory over eighth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. The 34-year-old German had ousted top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round, and backed it up as he converted both his break point chances and saved a set point late in the second set before prevailing in the tie-break.

Former World No. 2 Haas has dropped to No. 134 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after a succession of injury woes and is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since July 2009, when he reached the last four in Los Angeles (l. to Querrey). The right-hander was runner-up in Munich in 2000 (l. to Squillari).

Second seed Feliciano Lopez dismissed No. 5 seed Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2. Lopez won 30 of his 33 first serve points, firing 14 aces past the 19-year-old Australian to advance in just 56 minutes. With the win, the Spaniard avenged a second-round loss to Tomic at the 2011 Australian Open.

"I'm so happy to win the way I did today. It's a good result," Lopez said. "I have a lot of respect for him because he's one of the most talented players in the game. He has the perfect game to beat me, because he has good hands and a good return. So I'm very happy with my win today."

Lopez, appearing at the event this week for the first time, is through to his second clay-court semi-final of the year, having reached the last four in Houston (l. to Isner). In the semi-finals, Lopez will take on 2007 titlist Philipp Kohlschreiber.

"We've played a few times, on both clay and hard courts. It's always close with him," said Lopez. "He's a great player and will be at home. I hope to have my chances."

Fourth seed Kohlschreiber advanced to his third semi-final in 2012, defeating qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-0, 7-6(5). The German won 70 per cent of his service points, dropping serve just once to get past the Delray Beach runner-up in one hour and 37 minutes.

Kohlschreiber is bidding to win his first title since triumphing at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle last year (d. Petzschner).

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