Karlovic, Vesely advance to Dusseldorf semifinals

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DUSSELDORF, Germany—Ivo Karlovic advanced to the semifinals of the Dusseldorf Open on Thursday, hitting 19 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over defending champion Juan Monaco.

The seventh-seeded Karlovic will meet Jiri Vesely in Friday's semifinals. Vesely spoiled Jurgen Melzer's 33rd birthday by winning 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the first semifinal of his career.

Melzer is playing again after missing seven months with a shoulder injury.

Denis Istomin defeated third-seeded Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-4. Istomin will play either top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber or qualifier Mate Delic for a spot in the final.
 

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