Umag, Croatia (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed and 2013 runner-up Fabio Fognini reached the quarterfinals at the Croatia Open tennis event on Thursday.
The fiery Italian got past Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 on the red clay at ITC Stella Maris.
Fognini, who lost to Spain's Tommy Robredo in last year's Umag finale, will meet little-known Croatian wild card Borna Coric on Friday.
Day 4 second-round upsets came when Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili overcame fourth-seeded Portuguese Joao Sousa 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas tackled sixth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-1.
One other round-of-16 result saw the 17-year-old Coric take out Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
The other quarters will pit a second-seeded Robredo against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, third-seeded Croatian crowd favorite Marin Cilic versus fifth-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol and Gabashvili against Cuevas. Cilic captured his home event in 2012 and was the runner-up here in 2011.
The 2014 Croatia Open titlist will collect $105,000.