(7) Nick Kyrgios vs. (3) Ivo Karlovic
Karlovic and Kyrgios will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they battle for a spot in the Malaysian Open semifinals on Friday. Kyrgios won their only previous meeting 7-6(4), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 earlier this season at the Australian Open. The 41st-ranked Aussie cooled off during a controversy-plagued summer, but he has now won two matches at a tournament for just the second time since Wimbledon. Kyrgios was crushing Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 2-1 when the Colombian retired and the No. 7 seed drubbed Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Karlovic has been in fine form just about the entire season. The 36-year-old Croat is 32-19 for his 2015 campaign and he registers four spots…
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