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Taiwan’s Wang crashes out in Bogota quarters

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang crashed out of the Claro Open Colombia quarter-finals on Friday after he was beaten by defending champion and No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic in Bogota.

The Croatian improved to 7-0 at the hard-court event after serving 21 aces, facing no break-point chances and converting two of seven to defeat Wang 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) in 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Karlovic goes on to face fellow 35-year-old Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic after the fourth seed beat hometown favorite Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 6-4.

In yesterday’s other semi-final, wild-card Bernard Tomic of Australia was due to face off against No. 8 seed Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.

Estrella Burgos reached his first ATP Tour semi-final after defeating top seed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 5 minutes, while Tomic advanced after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Vasek Pospisil of Canada.

The Australian hammered 10 aces and saved the lone break-point opportunity created by the No. 3 seed.


AP, HAMBURG, Germany

The 17-year-old Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of his hometown tournament by defeating Tobias Kamke 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the Hamburg Open on Friday.

Zverev earned just six points in the opening set, but he saved seven of 11 break points and converted four chances to beat his fellow Hamburg resident in two hours.

The 285th-ranked Zverev is the first 17-year-old to reach an ATP semi-finals since 2006, when Marin Cilic lost to Feliciano Lopez at Gstaad.

Zverev has also beaten Robin Haase, fifth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny and 11th-seeded Santiago Giraldo. He next faces top-seeded David Ferrer, who eased past Spanish compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-2.

Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 7-5 and the seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany later beat Czech player Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-4 to complete the other semi-final.

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