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Melzer Claims 300th Win; Youzhny, Cilic Reach SFs

Zagreb, Croatia

Melzer© PBZ Zagreb IndoorsJurgen Melzer registered his 300th career match win.

Third seed and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny recorded his seventh straight victory at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors on Friday as he cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over home hope Ivan Dodig.

The Russian broke serve three times from five opportunities and won 80 per cent of points behind his first serve to prevail in 64 minutes. Youzhny won the title last year with victory over Lukas Lacko and also reached the semi-finals in 2007 (l. to Ljubicic). 

"It was a good match from me, I played really well," said Youzhny. "I like to be here, I like the tournament. Even today, when I was playing a Croatian, there was a lot of support for me. It was a full stadium and it was a really good atmosphere."

In the semi-finals, Youzhny clashes with two-time former titlist Marin Cilic. The top-seeded Croat beat Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 7-6(5) in one hour and 37 minutes, winning 38 of his 42 first serve points. 

Cilic lifted back-to-back trophies in 2009 (d. Ancic) and 2010 (d. Berrer) and has won 15 of his 16 matches at the ATP World Tour 250 indoor event. He is looking to reach his first final of the season.

Former World No. 8 Jurgen Melzer claimed his 300th tour-level win as he reached the semi-finals, converting three of 10 break points to defeat Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-4 in 78 minutes.

"Of course it shows that I have had a good career so far, and when I started playing tennis I never dreamed of winning 300 matches on tour, especially reaching the Top 10," said Melzer. "Winning 300 matches is something big."

The fourth seed is through to the semi-finals of this ATP World Tour 250 indoor tournament for the second time (also 2010 – l. to Cilic). Melzer has won three of his four ATP World Tour titles indoors.

The left-handed Melzer goes onto face Robin Haase, who finished strongly to defeat the Austrian's doubles partner, Philipp Petzschner, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. Haase of The Netherlands broke serve six times from 13 opportunities and lost only six points on serve in the final set to claim victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

World No. 58 Haase has found his form in Zagreb, having won only two matches in the past seven months, since winning the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel title in July 2012 (d. Kohlschreiber).

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