Andreas Seppi dealt with Jaziri in two comfortable sets, while his seeded colleague Thomaz Bellucci turned around the semifinal clash against Karlovic. They will now meet tomorrow in Moscow 2012 finals.
Tunisian Malek Jaziri produced a solid run of victories at Kremlin Cup in Moscow this year, but was completely helpless against second seed Seppi in the semis today. The Italians’s first break remained unconfirmed, yet he has obviously warmed up by then as he pulled off a love break followed-up by a smooth hold to make it 5-3. A triple set point for Seppi in the subsequent game – Jaziri averted the first one, but lost his third consecutive serve and the opener after the next rally. More of the same in the second set as the Italian, who triumphed in Belgrade this spring, bossed Jaziri around to acquire a 5-0 lead. The Tunisian avoided being bageled out of the tournament by saving a couple of match balls, but it was all over one Seppi’s service game later. He won after two forty minutes long sets with 6-3, 6-1 final result.
The second semifinal was far more intense. Ivo Karlovic wasted two set balls at 6-5 in the opener, yet he went one set up after a single mini-break in the thirteenth game. Both he and Brazilian Bellucci continued to serve exceptionally well – Karlovic ended the match with 19 aces as compared to Bellucci’s 13 – and were still tied at 4-4 in the set number two. The Croat was serving to stay in the set two games later, but fourth seed Brazilian stepped up and clinched the first break of the match to level the terms. And identical scenario in the decider: Karlovic’s lack of composure in the tenth game cost him his first ATP final after more than two years. Braunschweig 2012 trophy owner Bellucci held all of his sixteen service games in today’s semifinal and has run out a deserved winner with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 end scoreline.
Moscow 2012 finalists are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head confrontations with Bellucci dismissing Seppi in second round of French Open in their last meeting. Both athletes have an opportunity to grab their second title in 2012. The Italian has participated in two finals after his Belgrade triumph – he finished as a runner-up in Eastbourne in June and in Metz a month ago.