Anderson advances to Maharashtra Open semifinals

PUNE, India (AP) — 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 Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat him in the 2018 final.

“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.”

Third-seeded Simon survived a scare before beating compatriot Benoit Paire 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Paire served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Simon fought back to keep his title defense alive.

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.