Granollers reaches Croatia final

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 13, 2012
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Marcel Granollers from Spain reached the Croatia Open final by defeating top-seeded countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Saturday. Granollers will play either second-seeded Croat Marin Cilic or defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov from Ukraine for his fourth career title. Fourth-seeded Granollers broke twice to win the first set. Verdasco overcame the slow start in the second set, reaching 5-3 but Granollers broke back and forced a tiebreaker. Verdasco, the 2008 Umag champion, opened the third set well, breaking immediately but Granollers broke back and never lost a game to the end of the semifinal. ''Today I played against a very good player, Fernando is one of the best in the world,'' Granollers said. ''That makes me even happier, I am very pleased with the way I played today.''
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