Croatia Open: Italian duo Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi both progress in Umag
Last Updated: 28/07/13 3:21pm
Fabio Fognini: Has lost two of his three previous meetings with Gael Monfils
Fabio Fognini remains on course to secure a third successive ATP Tour title after reaching the semi-finals of the Croatia Open.
The Italian - who came into the tournament off the back of triumphs in Stuttgart and Hamburg in the last two weeks - saw off the challenge of Martin Klizan 6-4 6-2.
Fognini has now won 12 matches on the bounce but will have to reverse a losing record against the man he will face for a place in the final, Gael Monfils.
The Frenchman - who knocked out Albert Montanes 6-2 5-7 7-5 after two hours and 16 minutes - has a 2-1 career record against the world no 19.
Meanwhile, Andreas Seppi joined countryman Fognini in the last four after once again being the beneficiary of another pull-out by an opponent.
The second seed was 6-5 up in the first set when Horacio Zeballos was forced to withdraw due to a straing intercostal muscle.
Andreas Haider-Maurer had to withdraw in Seppi's previous match and having been handed a bye in the first round, the world no 24 has yet to complete two full sets in Umag this week.
Tommy Robredo will hope to test Seppi next, the Spaniard beating Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-1 6-4 in Friday's final quarter-final match-up.