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Coric, 17, Reaches First QF In Umag, Faces Fognini Next

Umag, Croatia

Coric© Neven GerencirBorna Coric celebrates after reaching his first tour-level quarter-final.

Seventeen-year-old Croat Borna Coric reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final at the Vegeta Crotia Open Umag.

Coric, who upset No. 7 seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Monday for his first ATP World Tour main draw win, defeated Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos 7-6(4), 6-3 on Thursday. He saved all three break points faced.

Teenagers have been making their mark in recent weeks. Nick Kyrgios, 19, advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals earlier this month with an upset win over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, and 17-year-old Alexander Zverev broke through to reach the semi-finals last week in Hamburg. Coric finished 2013 as the No. 2 junior, behind Zverev.

The Zagreb native, currently at a career-high No. 230 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will next face top seed and returning finalist Fabio Fognini. The Italian finished strongly to close out a 7-6(2), 6-0 win over Spaniard Albert Montanes in 69 minutes.

Fognini finished runner-up to Tommy Robredo last year in Umag, capping off a three-week stretch during which he reached three straight clay-court finals and won titles in Stuttgart and Hamburg. He was upset in his opening match last week in Hamburg.

Two seeds fell in second-round action Thursday. Fourth seed Joao Sousa lost to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours, while sixth seed Andreas Seppi bowed out against Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-1.

Gabashvili and Cuevas will face off for a place in the semi-finals at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. Cuevas, 28, claimed his first singles title two weeks ago in Bastad.

Cuevas also recorded a win in doubles action Thursday, teaming up with Zeballos for a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Guillermo Duran and Gabashvili.

Fourth seeds Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Rosol joined Cuevas and Zeballos in the semi-finals as they rallied to defeat Pere Riba and Sousa 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.

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