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Seppi Defeats Dodig For QF Spot; Nalbandian Debuts

Belgrade, Serbia

Seppi© Jovanovic/Serbia OpenAndreas Seppi is making his third appearance in Belgrade.

Second seed Andreas Seppi reached the quarter-finals of the Serbia Open 2012 on Wednesday in Belgrade as he defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-2. The Italian converted five of his seven break point opportunities to claim victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

World No. 46 Seppi, a semi-finalist at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in 2009 (l. to Djokovic), improved to a 10-12 match record on the season. The 28 year old is coming off a quarter-final showing in Bucharest (l. to Fognini) last week.

Seppi goes onto face eighth seed Gilles Muller, a 6-3, 7-6(0) victor over Argentina’s Eduardo Schwank. Muller, of Luxembourg, fired eight aces and broke serve twice to prevail in one hour and 34 minutes.

Fourth-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian won on his debut appearance at the Serbia Open, capitalising on four of his nine break points in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene. The former World No. 3 will look to reach his third clay-court quarter-final of the season when he next faces Joao Souza.

The 116th-ranked Brazilian advanced at the expense of Serbian wild card Dusan Lajovic, who was forced to retire when trailing 4-2. The 21-year-old Belgrade native had been leading 2-0 when he twisted his right ankle.

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