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Tipsarevic Tops Bellucci To Reach First Clay-Court Final; Next Plays Monaco

Stuttgart, Germany

Tipsarevic© AFP/Getty ImagesJanko Tipsarevic will contest his second ATP World Tour final of the season.

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic will contest his first ATP World Tour clay-court final on Sunday at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.

The Serbian, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles, defeated Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and three minutes on Saturday.

“It really wasn’t easy today. I wasn’t feeling all that well on the court. The good thing was as the match progressed in the third set, I was starting to feel better,” said Tipsarevic. “Physically I was fit, considering I played a three-hour match yesterday, and I’m happy I’m into the final.

“He was completely different than the other two players I played here. Suddenly, I’m playing a lefty, playing really far from the baseline with heavy spin, so I needed to adjust my game. I had the right attitude throughout the match and that’s one of the main reasons why I’m through.”

The World No. 8 improved to a 35-14 match record on the season, which includes one runner-up finish at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Raonic).

Bellucci, 23, dropped to a 4-14 record against Top 10 opponents.

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Later in the day, second-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco won his fourth straight match in five meetings against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

Monaco converted four of his 14 break point opportunities for a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory in two hours and 41 minutes. Garcia-Lopez battled back from 1-5 to 5-5 in the deciding set.

“It was a crazy match. I served twice for the match and I lost many match points,” said Monaco. “I was a little disappointed. But tennis is like this. You always have a chance to win. I’m very happy the way I fought back today. I made many mistakes, but then I was focused, thinking about winning and I’m happy about that.”

Tipsarevic leads Monaco 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The two will contest the first No. 1 seed versus No. 2 seed final at the event since 1996.

“It’s a great final for the spectators. Everyone is happy here,” Monaco said. “It will be a difficult final. Janko is a great player. This year, he’s playing really well. But I like to play on clay so much. It will be a tough match and we’ll see how it goes.”

Monaco will be attempting to capture his third ATP World Tour this season, after successes at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (Berlocq) and the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston (d. Isner). He has a 27-9 season record.

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