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Granollers Upsets Verdasco In Umag SFs; Cilic Avenges Loss

Umag, Croatia

Cilic© ATP Vegeta Croatia Open UmagMarin Cilic beat Alexandr Dologpolov in a rematch of last year's Umag final.

Fourth seed Marcel Granollers advanced to his first final of the season Saturday at the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag, defeating top-seeded countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1 in two hours and 52 minutes.

After conceding the second set tie-break and falling behind an early service break in the third set, Granollers took over the match. He won the final six games, taking 65 per cent of his return points in the set to break the 2008 champion three times. Granollers improved to 2-0 against Verdasco, having won their first meeting in last year’s Gstaad final.

Ranked No. 24 in the Sourth African Airways ATP Rankings, Granollers is bidding to lift his fourth career trophy. Two of his previous three triumphs have come on clay.

In Sunday’s final, Granollers will play home favourite Marin Cilic. The second seed won a rematch of last year’s final against No. 3 Alexandr Dolgopolov, avenging his loss to the Ukranian with a 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Dolgopolov served for the first set at 5-4 before Cilic reeled off three straight games to win the set. The Croat capitalised on five of his nine break point opportunities in the match to clinch the win in 81 minutes.

Cilic is looking to capture his third title on home soil, having won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. The World No. 15 is aiming to win his second trophy in three tournaments, after winning his first grass-court crown at the AEGON Championships in London.

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