Fabio Fognini of Italy and Martin Klizan of Slovenia, the third and sixth seed in the Croatia Open, both advanced to the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Fognini defeated Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-3, and Klizan dug deep to beat Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Fognini had a rocky start and made several unforced errors at the beginning of the match that de Bakker used to take a 5-1 lead, before he rallied and won the next nine games in a row to take back control. Fognini earned his 11th consecutive singles victory, after winning titles in Stuttgart and Hamburg.
“I was not consistent at the beginning, obviously I did not play great tennis. But after 10 matches in a row in two weeks, it could be expected,” he said. “I started slow, then I started to fight for every point.”