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Seppi Dismisses Ito; Jaziri Continues Historic Run

Moscow, Russia

Seppi© AFP/Getty ImagesAndreas Seppi will play Tunisia's Malek Jaziri in the semi-finals.

Second seed Andreas Seppi impressed on serve as he dismissed eighth-seeded Japanese Tatsuma Ito 6-2, 6-1 on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The Italian dropped only 13 points on serve and saved all three break points he faced as he raced to victory in just 59 minutes.

The 28-year-old Seppi improved to a 35-25 match record in a career-best season. The right-hander captured his second ATP World Tour title at the Serbia Open in Belgrade (d. Paire) and was runner-up at the AEGON International in Eastbourne (l. to Roddick) and the Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Tsonga).

Seppi goes onto face World No. 112 Malek Jaziri, who continued his historic run as he defeated Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6(5), 6-3 to become the first Tunisian player to reach an ATP World Tour semi-final.

"I was much more confident today than in my first match. I am pleased to be in another semi-final," said Seppi, who beat Jaziri for the loss of two games when they met at an ATP Challenger Tour event last year. "Jaziri has had good results this year, improving a lot since I last played him exactly one year ago. I need to be aggressive like I was today."

The 28-year-old Jaziri saved all seven of the break points he faced and converted one of his eight opportunities for victory over Rosol in one hour and 44 minutes.

"I'm very happy to reach the semi-finals today," said Jaziri. "I'm very excited to be at this stage and why not reach my first final too? I hope to continue in this way; I'm playing good."

Jaziri has compiled a 22-12 match record on the ATP Challenger Tour this season, reaching three finals in Quimper (l. to Sijsling), Kyoto (l. to Ito) and Pingguo (l. to Soeda). He is playing in Moscow for the first time.

Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic hit 23 aces as he defeated French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(4), 6-3 in 83 minutes. A day earlier, Roger-Vasselin had upset top seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round. The 33-year-old Karlovic is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since April 2011 at the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston (l. to Sweeting).

On Satuday, Karlovic will take on fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci, who booked his place in the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Jerzy Janowicz. The two were meeting for the first time.

“I’m very happy to go through to the semi-finals and I’m pleased about today,” said Bellucci. “Janowicz has a very good serve. He was serving amazing, so I was a little nervous to finish the match. But I kept my concentration and focus to win the tie-break.”

Bellucci is aiming to reach his first hard-court final on the ATP World Tour. He lifted his third clay-court trophy in Gstaad, defeating Janko Tipsarevic in the final.

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