Karlovic into semis; Mahut exits Newport
07/09/2014 5:12 PM
07/10/2014 4:24 PM
Newport, RI (SportsNetwork.com) - Towering second seed Ivo Karlovic landed in the semifinals, while Nicolas Mahut will not be a repeat champion at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
The 6-foot-10 Croat Karlovic struck nine aces and beat 5-foot-9 Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, while Australian Samuel Groth knocked out the fourth- seeded Frenchman Mahut 6-3, 6-4 in Thursday's quarterfinal action on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Karlovic and Groth will meet in a semi here on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4 Groth is a 26-year-old who was 2-7 in ATP-level matches this year, but is already 3-0 this week.
Mahut defeated two-time runner-up Lleyton Hewitt in last year's Newport finale and was a runner-up at this grass-court event back in 2007.
Friday's other quarterfinals will pit top-seeded two-time champion John Isner against seventh-seeded fellow American Jack Sock and a third-seeded Hewitt versus sixth-seeded American and two-time NCAA singles champ Steve Johnson.
The 2014 Newport titlist will earn $81,500.
Oops, you haven't selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again.
Oops, you didn't provide a valid email address. Please double-check the email field and submit again.
Join the Discussion
Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.