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Past Champion Dolgopolov Falls In Umag

Umag, Croatia

Seppi© Neven Gerencir Andreas Seppi reaches the Umag quarter-finals for a fourth time.

Alexandr Dolgopolov’s hopes of reclaiming the title at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag came to a quick end Thursday, with a 6-3, 6-1 loss in his second-round opener against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.

The fourth-seeded Dolgopolov had reached the quarter-finals or better in his three previous Umag appearances, and won his first ATP World Tour title at this tournament in 2011.

The 100th-ranked Bedene, who reached his first tour-level semi-final this past January in Chennai, will next play fifth-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

Former World No. 5 Robredo recorded his 25th win of the season by defeating Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-0, 6-4. The 31 year old won the Casablanca title in April, and is looking to claim his 11th clay-court title this week.

Italian Andreas Seppi, the No. 2 seed and a two-time Umag semi-finalist, led 6-1, 4-0 when Andreas Haider-Maurer retired from their second-round match due to lower back strain. Seppi has now reached the quarter-finals in all four of his Umag appearances.

He will take a 1-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who overcame eighth-seeded countryman and recent Bastad champion Carlos Berlocq 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes.

Zeballos and Berlocq returned to the courts and teamed up for a 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-6 win over top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy in the doubles quarter-finals.

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