UMAG, Croatia -- Fernando Verdasco will take on fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, while home favorite Marin Cilic will face defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the Croatia Open on Saturday.
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For the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1990, the top four seeds will compete for a place in the final.
Verdasco, the 2008 champion, saved all six break points he faced and converted 3 of 7 break chances.
"Obviously, I am very happy with the way I progress here," Verdasco said. "Being in the semifinals is a very good thing. I played really good today."
Fourth-seeded Granollers lost the first set in just 31 minutes. He had a 5-3 lead in the third set, but then lost serve before breaking again for the victory.
"I needed a few games in the beginning to adjust," Cilic said. "I played very well when I needed it."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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