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Tipsarevic To Face Bellucci For Gstaad Title

Gstaad, Switzerland

Bellucci© Daniela Frutiger/Fresh FocusThomaz Bellucci reached the Gstaad final for the second time.

Having won his first ATP World Tour clay-court title last week at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic is fast-approaching his second title on the dirt after beating France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6(10), 6-3 in the semi-finals of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on Saturday.

The Serbian capitalised on two of his eight break points and fired eight aces as he secured victory over the resurgent Mathieu in just over two hours. World No. 172 Mathieu, the 2007 winner in Gstaad, was contesting his first ATP World Tour semi-final in nearly three years after being sidelined throughout last season with a knee injury.

"The first set could have gone either way," admitted Tipsarevic. "I think he went for too much in some occasions in the second set and I was just more solid than him. I needed some time to adjust to the conditions here. I somehow survived the early rounds and here I am in the final."

The 28-year-old Tipsarevic improved to a 39-14 match record in 2012. The Belgrade native is through to his third ATP World Tour final of the season, having also finished runner-up to Milos Raonic at the Aircel Chennai Open in January. He is bidding for his fourth career title.

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In an all-unseeded semi-final clash World No. 60 Thomaz Bellucci edged No. 61-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(3), 7-6(5) to reach his fourth ATP World Tour final. Bellucci will hope to avenge the defeat he suffered to Tipsarevic in last week’s Stuttgart semi-finals.

With the players swapping service breaks twice, it was Bellucci who had the edge in the two decisive tie-breaks to clinch victory in one hour and 55 minutes. The Brazilian lifted his maiden trophy at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament as a qualifier in 2009 (d. Beck).

The 24-year-old Bellucci is through to his first final since triumphing at the VTR Open, then held in Santiago, in February 2010 (d. Monaco). The 21-year-old Dimitrov was bidding to reach his first ATP World Tour final in his third semi-final effort since June. 

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