Surging Tipsarevic to meet Cilic in final

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia returns the ball to Potito Starace of Italy during their St. Petersburg...

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia returns the ball to Potito Starace of Italy during their St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg October 28, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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St. Petersburg, Russia - Hot Serb Janko Tipsarevic and fourth-seeded Croat Marin Cilic each won their respective semifinal matches on Saturday at the St. Petersburg Open.

The second-seeded Tipsarevic, seeking a second straight title in Russia, handled seventh-seeded American Alex Bogomolov, Jr. 6-2, 6-1 on the indoor hardcourts at SCC Peterburgsky.

The world No. 13 Serbian Tipsarevic, who will now appear in his seventh career title match, was the big winner at the Kremlin Cup last week in Moscow, giving him his second title in a month.

Tipsarevic has a 2-4 record in finals.

Cilic took down fifth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4 to reach his fourth title match of the year.

The Croat holds a 5-6 career mark in finals, but has lost all three finals matches this season.

Youzhny, who was last year's St. Petersburg runner-up to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, titled here back in 2004 and was also the runner-up in 2002.

Cilic is 5-1 lifetime against Tipsarevic.

The winner of this $663,750 event will earn $114,750.


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