Carlos Moya reaches semifinals

July 19, 2002 at 7:25 PM

UMAG, Croatia, July 19 (UPI) -- Defending champion Carlos Moya, the second seed from Spain, rallied past compatriot Fernando Vicente, the fifth seed, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the $381,000 Croatia Open.

The 1998 French Open champion, Moya won his eighth straight match, including a title in Bastad last week. Moya has lost just two sets during that span.

The 25-year-old Moya is trying to capture his third Croatia Open title, having won his first trophy in 1996.

Moya will meet Jurgen Melzer in the semifinals. The Austrian defeated Romanian qualifier Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 6-4. A qualifier and a wild-card entrant will contest the other semifinal.

Spanish qualifier David Ferrer battled past Argentine wild card Guillermo Coria, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5.

In an all-Croatian quarterfinal matchup, wild card Zeljko Krajan upset fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5. Krajan, 23, is looking to became the first home-grown champion in 12 years. Goran Prpic defeated Goran Ivansevic in the all-Croatian final in 1990.

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