Umag, Croatia (SportsNetwork.com) - Croatian crowd favorite Marin Cilic eased into the quarterfinals at the Croatia Open tennis event on Wednesday.
The third-seeded 2012 champion and 2011 runner-up handled Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3 on the red clay at ITC Stella Maris.
Up next for the one-time world No. 9 Cilic will be Czech slugger Lukas Rosol.
Also in the second round, a fifth-seeded Rosol doused Spaniard Pere Riba 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta moved on via walkover when eighth- seeded Argentine Carlos Berlocq pulled out of the draw on Day 3.
On Thursday, top-seeded Italian star Fabio Fognini will face Spaniard Albert Montanes in the round of 16. Fognini was last year's Umag runner-up to Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
The 2014 Croatia Open titlist will collect $105,000.