Karlovic reaches semifinals at rain-delayed Nottingham Open

Updated: June 21, 2007, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

NOTTINGHAM, England -- Ivo Karlovic of Croatia reached the Nottingham Open semifinals, defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6 (10), 7-5 Thursday in a Wimbeldon tuneup hit by rain. The conclusion of the three other quarterfinals were postponed until Friday.

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Karlovic saved three set points in the first-set tiebreaker. Then, while leading 11-10 the umpire called a let after the Croat's shot was called long. Karlovic hit a passing shot to win the set. The second set was 5-5 when rain interrupted play. Karlovic eventually broke serve and held to advance.

In other matches, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and second-seeded Dmitry Tursunov had each won a set before being forced off the court.

Fourth-seeded Jonas Bjorkman, last year's runner-up, won the first game of his match against Paul-Henri Mathieu on serve before the pair had to quit.

The other match featured two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet, who has never lost at Nottingham, against fellow Frenchman Arnaud Clement.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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