Top-seeded Cilic loses at Zagreb Indoors

BY foxsports • February 4, 2011

Two-time defending champion Marin Cilic of Croatia lost to fifth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in a Zagreb Indoors quarterfinal Friday.

''I made too many unforced errors and could not find any rhythm,'' Cilic said.

Mayer will play eighth-seeded Michael Berrer, who advanced when fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France retired with a shoulder injury while trailing 5-2 in the first set of their match. Unseeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia will play third-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in Saturday's other semifinal.

The top-seeded Cilic was trailing 15-40 in the opening game of the match before Mayer won 12 consecutive points and eventually the set.

The players exchanged breaks in the three opening games of the second set, with Mayer taking the advantage and going on to complete the victory.

Mayer also beat Cilic in straight sets at Wimbledon last year in their only other meeting.

''I knew he does not like my style. I play forehand slice he does not like,'' Mayer said. ''He missed a lot of shots, especially at the net.''

Dodig defeated countryman and second-seeded Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4 to earn the matchup against Garcia-Lopez.

''This is my biggest win ever,'' the 84th-ranked Dodig said.

Garcia-Lopez beat Alex Bogomolov of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6 (6).


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