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Cilic scores another win in Croatia Open

July 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

UMAG, Croatia, July 11 (UPI) -- Croatian Marin Cilic blew by German Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday in the second round of the Croatia Open.

Cilic, the No. 2 seed, will face American Wayne Odesnik in the quarterfinals. Odesnik edged by Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in the second round.

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Cilic finished second to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in last year's event on the red clay at ATP Stadium.

In other action Wednesday, Italian Potito Starace, the 2010 Umag runner-up, extended fourth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers to a third set before falling 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

In a mild upset, German Matthias Bachinger defeated seventh-seeded Slovak Martin Klizan 6-0, 2-6, 6-4. Bachinger and Granollers will meet in Friday's quarterfinals.

On Thursday, top-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain, who won here in 2008, will go against Latvian Ernests Gulbis and Dolgopolov, the No. 3 seed, meets Italian Fabio Fognini.

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