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03.02.2013.

Four Croats vie for spot in main draw

Four Croats vie for spot in main draw Zagreb Indoors
Sunday marked the single most successful day of Croatian tennis at the qualifying draw of PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Only once before did we have a Croat qualify and that was Ivan Dodig in 2009 when he went on to defeat Russian Igor Andreev and Latvian Ernests Gulbis to reach the quarterfinals, before finally losing to Mario Ancic.

This year we will have at least one qualifier in the main tournament, as Filip Veger and Ante Pavic are set to play each other in the final round of qualifying. Veger smoothly overpowered Slovak Kamil Capkovic while Pavic was also convincing against Pole Marcin Gawron, who himself ejected second seed Jamie Baker in the previous round.

Dino Marcan outplayed Italian Riccardo Bellotti to reach the final round of qualifying where he will take on two-time PBZ Zagreb Indoors finalist Michael Berrer.

The fourth and final Croat who survived was Franco Skugor. In two close sets, he overcame Boy Westerhof even after the Dutchman led 3-0 in the second set tiebreak, to book a match against German player Philipp Petzschner.

Toni Androic quickly lost the first set to Matteo Viola before putting up a fight in the second, before the Italian ran away with the win in the end.

The final round of qualifying will open on Monday with Croat Filip Veger taking on Ante Pavic, starting at 12pm. Following them, Viola will play against Bozoljac and Berrer against Marcan, with the last match of the day taking place not before 5:45pm between Petzschner and Skugor.