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Paire Upsets Andujar In Belgrade SFs; Seppi Beats Nalbandian

Belgrade, Serbia

Benoit Paire advanced to his first ATP World Tour final Saturday in Belgrade, knocking out top seed Pablo Andujar 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the Serbia Open 2012 semi-finals.

The Frenchman won 79 per cent of his first serve points, and converted the lone break of serve in the third set to claim victory in one hour and 54 minutes.

"It was a tough match. Andujar is a really good player," said Paire. "For me, the first set was very good. After, I was a bit tired. But in my head, I was thinking at one-set all, I could win if I played my best. It's my first ATP [World Tour] final. For me, it's unbelievable."

Paire has defeated three seeded players en route to the final, and is bidding to become the first player this season to win his first career trophy. Paire will look to cap off his run with the title when he faces second seed Andreas Seppi on Sunday.

Seppi reached his first final of the season with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over fourth-seeded David Nalbandian. The Italian overcame a break deficit in the final set to secure his first win against the Argentine in three meetings, advancing in one hour and 52 minutes.

The 28-year-old Seppi is looking to win his second title, having captured his first crown at the AEGON International in Eastbourne last year (d. Tipsarevic).

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