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Karlovic reaches semifinals at rain-delayed Nottingham Open

6/21/2007 - Tennis

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.

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.