Croatian Ivo Karlovic will play for his first ATP title after taking a 6-4, 6-4 victory over American Steve Johnson on Saturday at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Karlovic, 37, will face either Frenchman Gael Monfils or Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final. Karlovic, who is 6-foot-11, leads the tournament with 80 aces and no one has broken his serve in 43 games. In the first set, Karlovic broke Johnson's serve to go up 2-1. It was the only break in the set. Johnson had been 33-for-33 on his serves. The second set went much the same way with Karlovic again breaking Johnson's serve to lead 2-1. He finished off Johnson with his 14th ace. Ericsson Open Katerina Siniakova advanced to the final after
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Lauren Davis didn’t need to do anything fancy Saturday night. She hit her serves, returned her shots without much flair, moved the ball from sideline to sideline, and wore out Jessica Pegula, whom she was facing for the first time. All Davis had to do was hit it over the net and wait for a mistake. And waiting on the mistakes worked as Davis won the all-American semifinal match, 6-2, 6-3, at the Citi Open. Davis advanced to the final against Yanina Wickmayer, who outlasted Yulia Putintseva earlier in the day. For Davis, 22, this was not a position she anticipated being in heading into the tournament. “Not at all,” said Davis, who moves on to her first WTA final. “I was confident because I put