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Seppi Stops Jaziri In Moscow SFs; Bellucci Tops Karlovic

Moscow, Russia

Seppi© AFP/Getty ImagesAndreas Seppi is enjoying the best year of his career.

Second seed Andreas Seppi became the first Italian to reach the Kremlin Cup final in the 23-year history of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor tournament.

The 28-year-old Seppi defeated Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-3, 6-1 in 70 minutes. He improved to a 36-25 match record after he booked a spot in his fourth ATP World Tour final of the season (1-2 record).

"It is the end of the season, but I am going to give it all in my last three events – Moscow, Basel and Paris," said Seppi. "It has been the best year in my career so far and I feel great playing indoors."

Seppi will next play fourth-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who topped Ivo Karlovic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4.

"With Bellucci there will be a lot of rallies," said Seppi. "It is a final and we will both want to win so badly."

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Against Karlovic, Bellucci saved all three break points he faced, winning 76 per cent of his service points. The Brazilian capitalised when Karlovic double faulted at 4-5, 30/30 in the final set, closing out the victory on his first match point to advance to his first ATP World Tour hard-court final, as well as his first indoor title match. Bellucci notched his first win in three meetings with the Croat.

"It was very tough for me," said Bellucci. "You are under so much pressure playing against Karlovic and his serve. You have to concentrate so hard on every point.

"It is my first indoor final so I am very happy. Seppi is very good from the baseline. It will be tough for me to beat him tomorrow."

Bellucci is looking to win his second trophy in 2012, having triumphed over Janko Tipsarevic to capture the Gstaad crown. He has a 3-1 record in tour-level finals.

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