UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Defending champion Tommy Robredo reached the semifinals of the Croatia Open on Friday after defeating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-4.
The 18th-ranked Robredo will face third-seeded Marin Cilic on Saturday who eased past Czech Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-2.
Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to become the first qualifier in the event’s semifinals since Viktor Troicki in 2007.
Robredo won the first set in only 23 minutes. Carreno Busta was twice a break up in the second set before Robredo responded to win the last three games of the match.
Cilic hit 10 aces and converted five break points to win in just over an hour. The Croat won this tournament in 2012 and reached the 2011 final.
Fifth-seeded Rosol won his first game at the start of the second set.
“I expected his aggressive play and I was prepared,” Cilic said. “I did not expect to lose two games only.”
Cuevas hit 12 aces for his sixth straight win in Umag, including three qualifying rounds.