Seppi, Fognini reach Umag SFs

Italians Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini both advanced to the semifinal round after posting victories during play at the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open on Friday.

The second-seeded Seppi was declared the winner in his quarterfinal match after Argentinean counterpart Horacio Zeballos was forced to retire in the first set because of a strained intercostal muscle.

Seppi was ahead, 6-5, at the time and will challenge Tommy Robredo for a spot in the final. The fifth-seeded and former World No. 5 Robredo was a straight set winner on Friday, ousting Aljaz Bedene in 6-1, 6-4 fashion.

Fognini, the No. 3 seed, made quick work of sixth-seeded Slovakian Martin Klizan to reach the semis, earning a 6-4, 6-2 victory in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Fognini is riding a 12-match winning streak and will look to extend it against Gael Monfils, who outlasted Albert Montanes in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.

Montanes had reached the quarters by upsetting top seed Richard Gasquet on Wednesday.