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Karlovic Hits 22 Aces To Set Anderson SF Clash

Bogota, Colombia

Anderson© Copa Claro ColombiaKevin Anderson will face Ivo Karlovic in the Bogota semi-finals.

Ivo Karlovic will look to reach his first ATP World Tour final in more than three years in Bogota after beating fifth seed Adrian Mannarino 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in Friday’s quarter-finals at the Claro Open Colombia

The Croatian fired 22 aces as he set a semi-final clash against second seed Kevin Anderson with victory in one hour and 40 minutes. The 34 year old returned to action last week with a quarter-final showing in Newport, having been sidelined for three months recovering from viral meningitis.

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Anderson ended the challenge of top Colombian Santiago Giraldo with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in 65 minutes. The South African won 76 per cent of his service points and broke the sixth-seeded Giraldo three times. Anderson won his one previous clash with Karlovic, two years ago on grass at The Queen’s Club. 

The 27-year-old Anderson is bidding to reach his third ATP World Tour final of the season after runner-up efforts in Sydney (l. to Tomic) and Casablanca (l. to Robredo).

Canada's Vasek Pospisil booked the first ATP World Tour semi-final of his career with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy's Matteo Viola. The 23-year-old Pospisil fired eight aces and saved five break points during the match to set up a first-time encounter against Colombia's Alejandro Falla.

The 29-year-old Falla gave his home crowd something to cheer about, recovering from a slow start to upset top seed Janko Tipsarevic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The World No. 122 needed one hour and 45 minutes to post his first Top 20 win of the season, by toppling the Serb. With the victory, Falla lifted his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Tipsarevic to 2-2.

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