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Ivo Karlovic beats defending champion Juan Monaco to reach semifinals at Duesseldorf Open

Ivo Karlovic advanced to the semifinals of the Duesseldorf Open on Thursday, hitting 19 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over defending champion Juan Monaco.

The seventh-seeded Karlovic will meet Jiri Vesely in Friday's semifinals. Vesely spoiled Jurgen Melzer's 33rd birthday by winning 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the first semifinal of his career.

Melzer is playing again after missing seven months with a shoulder injury.