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Troicki, Tipsarevic To Play First All-Serbian Final

Moscow, Russia

Troicki© Kremlin CupTroicki fired 12 aces in his win over Chardy.

Defending champion Viktor Troicki returned to the Kremlin Cup final on Saturday, dismissing qualifier Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4 in Moscow. He'll square off against Janko Tipsarevic in the first All-Serbian final on the ATP World Tour after Tipsarevic beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 7-5. "Janko is the player I know the best on the circuit and is playing his best tennis this year. Mentally it won't be easy to play him," assessed Troicki.

"Viktor is one of my closest friends outside of tennis, we know each other's game so well," Tipsarevic said. "I look forward to the final, we will be rivals tomorrow but then it will be back to normal between us."

Troicki and Chardy held serve through the first eight games, but Troicki broke the Frenchman to move ahead 5-4. He hit back-to-back aces to close out the first set in 40 minutes.

Just as he did in the first set, the Serbian remained patient and broke Chardy in the ninth game of the second set to take a 5-4 lead. Troicki finished the match off with three consecutive aces to seal the victory in one hour and 11 minutes. "I had to play my best tennis to beat Chardy today," said Troicki. "I knew I had to concentrate on my return games and I was happy I was able to do that. It was tough to break him.

"I had great support from the crowd once again... it is really special to play here. My father's family is Russian and Moscow is my favourite tournament. Belgrade is great for me too but I have had better results here!"

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Troicki is looking to win his second title after hoisting the trophy in Moscow last year (d. Baghdatis). With his victory over Chardy, Troicki improved to a 39-23 record on the season.

The 25 year old will face compatriot Tipsarevic in Sunday’s final. The two have played just once, with Troicki winning their second-round meeting in Moscow three years ago.

Tipsarevic defeated three-time titlist and home favourite Davydenko to advance to his second indoor final this season. A month ago, the Serbian claimed his first title in Kuala Lumpur (d. Baghdatis).

The World No. 14 dominated on return in the first set, winning 60 percent of Davydenko’s service points to break the Russian three times. Davydenko settled into the match in the second set and held three set points on Tipsarevic’s serve, leading 5-4, 40-0. But the Serbian denied Davydenko the set, and after holding to level at 5-5, quickly broke the 30 year old to take a 6-5 lead. He served out the match to advance in one hour and 39 minutes, winning 13 of the final 14 points. "Nikolay is one of the best groundstroke players. I had to mix it up,” said Tipsarevic. “At 4-5, 0-40, I only focused on the next point and got lucky."

Tipsarevic is in the running to qualify to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, ranked No. 11 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Rankings. He can move up to No. 10 if he wins the crown. "I am trying not to think about London too much. I know I need to do very well in Paris in order to qualify. I have to do step-by-step."

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