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Sinner makes quarterfinals at Croatia Open, Rune loses again

Tennis: Wimbledon

Jul 5, 2022; London, England, United Kingdom; Jannik Sinner (ITA) returns a shot during a quarterfinals mens singles match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) on Centre court at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

UMAG, Croatia -- Second-seeded Jannik Sinner advanced to the quarterfinals at the clay-court Croatia Open by defeating Jaume Munar 6-4, 6-4.

The 20-year-old Italian, in his first match since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, broke his Spanish opponent four times and saved two break points before converting his sixth match point.

Sinner will meet another Spaniard, Roberto Carballes Baena, who came back from a set down to upset fifth-seeded Alex Molcan 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Third-seeded Holger Rune extended his losing streak to seven matches after he was beaten by Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The 19-year-old Dane has failed to win a match since reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Miralles will next play Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri, who beat Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.