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Qualifier Steve Johnson reaches semis at Delray Beach Open

Feb. 22, 2014 at 12:26 AM

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Upstart American Steve Johnson continued his surge at the Delray Beach Open Friday by beating sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez to reach the semifinals.

The 24-year-old Johnson, a two-time NCAA singles champion out of the University of Southern California, dispatched the Spanish veteran 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 13 minutes in their quarterfinal match.

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Johnson will tangle with 2012 tournament champ Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the semis. Anderson out-dueled Australian Marinko Matosevic 7-6 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3 in their quarterfinal clash.

Second-seeded John Isner rallied to beat fellow American Rhyne Williams 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their quarterfinal match.

Seventh-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia also advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili or Russia. Cilic has won 12 of his last three matches, including the finals in Zagreb two weeks ago.

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