Published November 20, 2014
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.