VEGETA CROATIA OPEN 2014
Cilic Happy At Home, Reaches Umag SFs; Coric Tests Fognini
by ATP Staff|
Marin Cilic extended his winning streak to 15 matches on Croatian soil Friday.
The third seed, who captured the 2012 Vegeta Croatia Open Umag title (d. Granollers), struck 10 aces past fifth seed Lukas Rosol in a 6-0, 6-2 victory in 63 minutes. He also lifted the 2013 and 2014 PBZ Zagreb Indoors trophies.
Cilic will next face second seed and defending champion Tommy Robredo, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in 78 minutes. The 32-year-old Robredo defeated Fabio Fognini in last year's final to claim his 12th ATP World Tour crown.
In the day's final singles match, top seed Fognini – aiming to clinch his fourth ATP World Tour title – dropped the first set before overcoming 17-year-old wild card Borna Coric 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3. The 27-year-old Italian will meet Pablo Cuevas, the recent SkiStar Swedish Open champion, who defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes.
By reaching his maiden ATP World Tour quarter-final this week, the Croatian Coric is projected to break into the Top 200 of the Emirates ATP Rankings when the list is released on Monday.
Top Seeds Fall In Semi-finals The Czech team of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Rosol bounced back in the Match Tie-break to record a 6-4, 3-6, 10-3 upset of top-seeded Austrians Julian Knowle and Oliver Marach in the Umag semi-finals on Friday. Cermak and Rosol will face Dusan Lajovic and Franko Skugor in the title match on Saturday. The Serbian-Croatian pairing downed second seeds Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-7(3), 7-5, 13-11 in the second semi-final.