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Two-Time Champion Cilic Reaches Zagreb Semis
By Chris Oddo
(February 8, 2013) --
moved one step closer to his first final of 2013 when he defeated
in straight sets at the PBZ Zagreb indoors, 6-3, 7-6(5). Cilic struck seven aces and won 38 of 42 first serve points, saving three of five break points he faced.
With the loss, Kavcic slips to 0-12 against top 20 opposition, despite some good results against Cilic’s second serve. The Slovenian won 21 of 31 second serve return points against the World No. 12, but he wasn’t able to parlay the strong play into enough breaks of serve.
Cilic will advance to face
in one of Saturday’s semifinals. The defending champion cruised past
6-3, 6-2 and did not face a break point against the Croatian. The 30-year-old, who defeated
in last year’s Zagreb final, owns a 5-3 career record against Cilic, but he has lost their last two encounters.
In the bottom half of the draw, fourth-seeded
notched his 300th career ATP win with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over
. Three of Melzer’s four career titles have come indoors.
Melzer will face Dutchmen
in the semifinals on Saturday. Haase stormed past qualifier
with a third-set bagel, finishing off the German 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 for only his third win in the past seven months.
Melzer, 31, owns a 3-0 career edge on Haase, including wins on both hard court and clay.
(Photo Credit: ATP Zagreb)
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