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Anderson advances to Maharashtra Open semifinals

Mubadala World Tennis Championship - Day Three

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 29: Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action during the men’s final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 29, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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PUNE, India -- Kevin Anderson advanced to the semifinals of the Maharashtra Open by beating Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.

The top-seeded South African broke Munar four times to set up a meeting with Gilles Simon, who beat him in the 2018 final, or Benoit Paire.

“I thought I did a really good job creating opportunities and taking them, so definitely felt good out there,” Anderson said.

“I’m happy with the way I’m playing and I have to come out and focus on what I do best and if I do that I’m going to give myself the best chance of getting through.”

Ivo Karlovic also advanced by defeating Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)

The 39-year-old Karlovic will meet Steve Darcis, who beat fourth-seeded Malek Jaziri 7-5, 6-2.