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Alcaraz, Sinner advance to semifinals at Croatia Open

Croatia Open - Day 6 Alcaraz vs Bagnis

UMAG, CROATIA - JULY 29: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain play against Facundo Bagnis of Argentina during Croatia Open - Day 6 at Goran Ivanisevic Stadiumon July 29, 2022 in Umag, Croatia. (Photo by Jurica Galoic/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

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UMAG, Croatia - Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz raced past Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-4 at the Croatia Open to reach his seventh semifinal of the year.

The 19-year-old Spaniard is defending the first ATP title he won in the coastal town of Umag last year.

Fifth-ranked Alcaraz saved the only break point he faced as he improved his 2022 record on clay to 26-3.

He next plays Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri who beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain 7-5, 6-4.

Second-seeded Jannik Sinner reached his first semifinal this year after a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Roberto Carballes Baena.

The Italian failed to serve the match out at 6-5 in the second set before prevailing in the tiebreaker.

“I’m very happy, obviously,” Sinner said. “I’ve won many matches but I think I’ve had some unfortunate moments this year.”

Sinner will face Franco Agamenone who surged past 2018 Umag champion Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-1 in a match between Italian qualifiers.