• Cilic and Granollers in action in Umag

    7/11/12 5:07 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Cilic and Granollers in action in Umag No. 2 seed Marin Cilic will take the court in front of the home crowd in Umag as he looks for a spot in the quarterfinals.

    Marin Cilic (2) vs. Daniel Brands

    Hometown favorite Marin Cilic will make his 2012 Umag debut against German Daniel Brands. Cilic had a fantastic run during the grass court season, with a win at Queen’s Club and a round of 16 showing at Wimbledon.

    Daniel Brands is ranked 120 in the world. He plays mostly on the Challenger tour and his grass season consisted of losses in the first round of qualifying at both Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

    Prediction – With Cilic playing at home and in good form, the Croat should advance in straight sets.

    Marcel Granollers (4) vs. Potito Starace

    This could be a compelling second round match. Marcel Granollers has distinguished himself as a clay court player of note. He had difficulty with the grass court season, but since he’s back on clay, he should be back in fighting form.

    Potito Starace of Italy is also a clay-court specialist. The Italian is ranked 95 in the world. He hasn’t had a great year, but he is still capable of fronting up on the dirt.

    Prediction – Granollers is by far the more consistent of the two men, but if Starace is having a good day, he could drag the match out. The Spaniard in 3.

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