• Cilic and Verdasco take the court in Umag

    7/13/12 2:46 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Cilic and Verdasco take the court in Umag Top seeds Fernando Verdasco and Marin Cilic will take the court on quarterfinal day in Umag.

    Fernando Verdasco (1) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov

    World No. 16 Fernando Verdasco will take on Russian wildcard Andrey Kuznetsov as the Spaniard looks for a spot in the Umag semifinals.

    Verdasco didn’t play particularly well in the second round, but was fortunate that opponent Ernests Gulbis had an off match. He was able to get past the Latvian in three sets.

    21 year-old Andrey Kuznetsov is ranked 137 in the world and largely plays on the Challenger circuit. The Russian did manage to qualify for Wimbledon, but he lost there in the first round to Florent Serra. Kuznetsov has had some good results on clay on the Challenger tour, but Verdasco is a world No. 16. The Spaniard in straight sets.

    Marin Cilic (2) vs. Wayne Odesnik

    No. 2 seed Marin Cilic has only been on court a short time at his home tournament so far. The Croat had a first round bye and a quick straight-setter against German Daniel Brands in the second round. By contrast, Wayne Odesnik has already played two lengthy three-setters to get to the quarterfinals.

    Odesnik is ranked 130 in the world. The American won his first two tour-level matches this week in Umag. He’s been mostly playing on the Challenger circuit, where he’s had some success.

    Prediction – Cilic should get through this match in routine straight sets.

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