- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

UMAG, Croatia (AP) - Third-seeded Jeremy Chardy beat past Serbian qualifier Nikola Cacic 6-2, 6-0 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open.

In his Croatia Open debut, Chardy needed just 44 minutes to complete the victory - winning 94 percent of his first-serve points and facing no break points.

Cacic had recorded his first tour-level victory on Monday when he defeated Britain’s Aljaz Bedene in the first round.

Chardy will next face Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, who was leading 7-5, 3-0 in the second set against eighth-seeded Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic when his opponent retired because of a shoulder injury.

Last year’s finalist, Fabio Fognini of Italy, advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Renzo Olivo of Argentina. Fourth-seeded Fognini is playing in Umag for the ninth consecutive year.

Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina rallied to defeat Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.


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