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Cilic Reaches Quarter-finals; Sela Upsets Rosol

Zagreb, Croatia

Cilic© PBZ Zagreb IndoorsMarin Cilic is chasing his fourth Zagreb title.

Fifth seed Marin Cilic reached the quarter-finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors on Wednesday as he defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-5. The Croatian is bidding to win his home title for the fourth time, following victories in 2009-10 and last year (d. Melzer).

The 25-year-old Cilic improved to a 19-4 tournament record as he fired 12 aces and broke serve three times, claiming victory over the No. 101-ranked Lajovic in one hour and 38 minutes. The right-hander is through to his second quarter-final of the season after reaching the last eight at the Brisbane International (l. to Nishikori).

"It wasn't an easy match," said Cilic. "Lajovic played pretty solid today and he proved that he's a promising player. I served pretty good and kept my service games out of danger. Overall, I think I'm serving better and the game is getting there."

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Dutch eighth seed Igor Sijsling came from a set down to complete the second round line-up. Sijsling defeated Blaz Kavcic 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 in two hours, hitting 13 aces and breaking serve four times.

Buoyed by Kazakhstan’s success in the Davis Cup World Group first round at the weekend, Andrey Golubev notched his first ATP World Tour win of the season as he defeated Victor Hanescu 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(5) in the first round.

Golubev, who won both his singles rubbers against Belgium to help Kazakhstan set a quarter-final date with Switzerland, saved eight of the 10 break points he faced to claim victory in two hours and 22 minutes. He goes on to face third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Israel’s Dudi Sela upset sixth seed Lukas Rosol, beating the Czech 6-3, 7-6(2) in one hour and 32 minutes. World No. 78 Sela broke serve three times as he claimed his third win of the year. The 28 year old opened his 2014 campaign with a quarter-final showing at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Roger-Vasselin).

British lucky loser Daniel Evans made the most of his opportunity, dismissing Jan Hajek 6-3, 6-1. World No. 147 Evans replaced Radek Stepanek after the Czech was forced to withdraw with a heel strain. He is through to the second round in Zagreb for the first time. 

Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov defeated 2008 champion Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 7-6(8). The 22 year old won his first ATP World Tour match since July, when he also overcame Stakhovsky in the Gstaad first round.

Mixed Fortunes For Doubles Seeds
There were mixed fortunes for the seeded teams in action on Wednesday. Top seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo were beaten in the first round, falling 6-3, 6-4 to Philipp Marx and Michal Mertinak. “We need to congratulate Marx and Mertinak because they were better and played at a high level,” said Dodig.

Third seeds Johan Brunstrom and Julian Knowle were also upset, losing to Marcelo Demoliner and Purav Raja in the quarter-finals, 6-3, 7-5.

The second and fourth seeds both fared better. No. 2 pairing Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau opened their campaign with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Benjamin Becker and Daniel Brands, while No. 4 Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic reached the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jonathan Erlich and Lukas Rosol.

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