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Verdasco, Cilic ease into Croatia Open semis

Tennis

UMAG, Croatia – Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Marin Cilic of Croatia cruised into the semifinals of the Croatia Open on Friday.

Top-seeded Verdasco defeated Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-2, while second-seeded Cilic defeated American Wayne Odesnik 6-4, 6-0.

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Fernando Verdasco, pictured, and Marin Cilic of Croatia cruised into the semifinals of the Croatia Open. File picture.

Verdasco saved all six break points he faced and converted three of seven break chances. The 2008 champion will face either fellow-Spaniard Marcel Granollers or German Matthias Bachinger.

Home favorite Cilic broke Odesnik five times and served eight aces. Cilic will play either fifth-seeded Carlos Berlocq of Argentina or defending champion Aleksandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. – Sapa-AP

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