Karlovic beats Haas to move into Stockholm final

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 13 (Reuters) Ivo Karlovic reached the final of the Stockholm Open today by beating Germany's Tommy Haas 6-4 6-3.

Games went with serve in the first set until the players were level at 4-4 when Karlovic held his serve with a cheeky, underarm ace. He then broke Haas to take the set as the German double faulted after saving one set point.

At 2-2 in the second set the Croatian broke Haas again.

The German nearly broke back with the score at 5-3, taking the first three points on Karlovic's serve but the Croatian served four straight aces to close out the match.

He now faces the winner of the game between top seed James Blake and Swede Thomas Johansson.

Karlovic served 15 aces in the match and now has the most on the ATP tour.

''I was playing really well and returning really well when I needed to,'' he told reporters.

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