Second seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy booked his place in the Kremlin Cup semifinals in Moscow as he overcame Japan’s Tatsuma Ito in two very easy sets 6-2 6-1.
The Italian was just too solid for Ito, who produced way too many unforced errors and commited a few double faults to put himself out of the tournament.
Next up for Seppi will be Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, who eliminated Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6 (5) 6-3.
Former world no.14 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia advanced into the semis after defeating French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets 7-6 (4) 6-3.
Karlovic has played three tiebreaks so far in this tournament, winning all of them. The serve proved to be once again his biggest weapon as he came up with 23 aces, with 69% first serves finding their mark.
In Saturday’s semifinal, the Croat will play the winner of the match between 4th seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.
Karlovic will be aiming to reach his first ATP tour final since 2010.