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Verdasco, Cilic through to Umag semis

Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Marin Cilic of Croatia cruised into the semifinals of the Croatia Open on Friday.

Top-seeded Verdasco defeated Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-2, while second-seeded Cilic beat American Wayne Odesnik 6-4, 6-0.

Verdasco saved all six break points he faced and converted three of seven 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."

The 2008 champion will face either fellow-Spaniard Marcel Granollers or German Matthias Bachinger.

Home favorite Cilic broke Odesnik five times and served eight aces.

"I needed a few games in the beginning to adjust," Cilic said. "I played very well when I needed it."

Cilic will play either fifth-seeded Argentine Carlos Berlocq or defending champion Aleksandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.