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  • Top four seeds clash in Umag semis

    7/14/12 4:23 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Top four seeds clash in Umag semis Hometown favorite Marin Cilic and the rest of the top seeds in Umag will battle it out on Saturday to see who reaches Sunday's final.

    Fernando Verdasco (1) vs. Marcel Granollers (4)

    In this all-Spaniard showdown, world No. 16 Fernando Verdasco will take on countryman Marcel Granollers, ranked 24. Granollers beat Verdasco in their only other meeting, a clay-court encounter in Gstaad last year.

    Granollers hasn't had a great year off clay, with an unimpressive 11-14 record coming into Umag. But he also has a round of 16 showing at Roland Garros to prove that he knows what he’s doing on the dirt.

    Prediction – A Granollers win would not be a surprise, but Verdasco should pull this one out.

    Marin Cilic (2) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (3)

    The only other meeting between Croatia's Marin Cilic and the Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov came almost exactly a year ago in Umag; the difference is that last time, it was the final. Dolgopolov won that match in three sets, disappointing the Croatian fans.

    Cilic will have a chance at revenge this time around. Dolgopolov is having a spotty spring, with a disappointing first round loss at Roland Garros as his last clay court result before Umag.

    Prediction – Cilic will be playing in front of the home crowd and will want to make amends for his loss a year ago. The Croat in three.


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