Anderson to play Klizan in Casablanca SFs

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Kevin Anderson and Martin Klizan will face each other in Casablanca 2013 semifinals after achieving straight sets victories.

Second seed Anderson threw out Slovenian player Grega Zemlja in straight sets. The South African converted a break ball at 2-2 in the opener and rescued four of them a few games later to go 5-3 up. Eighth-seeded Slovenian could not recover from that and Anderson soon served out the set. There were no signs of Zemlja getting back into the match in the second set as he was broken two times by 5-2. Anderson was unable to confirm the second break and Zemlja pegged one back after fending off a couple of match balls. He saved three more at 5-4 before generating a re-break ball, but his last chance for a comeback went begging and two-time ATP title holder Anderson finally completed his 6-4, 6-4 triumph. He will meet third seed Slovak Klizan in Casablanca semis.

Slovak Klizan overcame seventh-seeded Robin Haase of Netherlands whom he had not beaten until their quarterfinal Casablanca clash – the Dutch was leading the head-to-head series 2-0. The players earned themselves one break point opportunity each in the opening set – Klizan converted his just before the opener would go to the tie-break to move one set up.  The Slovak shifted into higher gear in the beginning of the second set and won three straight games before allowing Haase get on the board. That did not disturb Klizan’s rhythm as he first held to love and then extended his one break lead to make it 5-1. He withstood a triple break ball threat in the next game prior to preparing his first match ball – he tucked it away and secured his spot in the semis with a 7-5, 6-1 win.

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