Seppi defeats Bellucci and wins Kremlin Cup 2012 title in Moscow

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Andreas Seppi turned around a dramatic three-setter against Thomaz Bellucci to obtain his second ATP title of the year at Krelin CUp 2012 in Moscow.

Second-seeded Italian Seppi was playing his third final after conquering Belgrade in May, while second seed Bellucci of Brazil also chased his second ATP title of the year. A very tight first set with a few attractive exchanges at the net, drawing loud applause from the Moscow crowd. Each of the players had one break ball at his disposal in the opener. The left-handed Brazilian took advantage of such opportunity with an excellent down-the-line forehand and confirmed the break after fending off Seppi’s break point in the follow-up game. No more upsets after Bellucci acquired a 4-1 lead, so he could serve out the set with a love game. He hit eight aces in that part of the final clash, Seppi only one.

The 25th-ranked Italian got over the opening set defeat and threatened the Brazilian with a triple break point in the fourth game. However, Bellucci came back from 0-40 and ultimately held the game as the Italian arrived to the net too late to put a short ball back into his opponent’s half of the court. A huge waste for Seppi, and he was punished with a loss of serve in the seventh game. The real second-set drama was yet to follow though. World no. 41 Brazilian was serving for the Moscow title at 5-3, but came nowhere near the first championship point as Seppi finally grabbed his first break of the match. A re-break relief lasted no more than minute or so as Bellucci went 40-30 up in the following game. A touch of luck for Gstaad 2012 winner Brazilian whose shot practically stopped at the top of the net, making it impossible for his rival to retrieve the ball. Even so, the Italian seemed to have been growing in confidence as he responded with a love re-break and eventually dominated the subsequent breaker as well. He was efficient this time and converted the first set ball after Bellucci’s forehand landed behind the baseline. The Brazilian cancelled out his three second-set aces by conceding the same number of double faults.

There was nothing between the players until 3-3 in the decider when the Brazilian dropped a crucial service game. Seppi consolidated the break with a love game and attacked again at 5-3. He battled his way to the first Kremlin Cup ball after rounding up a well prepared attack with a confident smash. Bellucci’s final Moscow 2012 shot sailed wide and the Italian completed the comeback as well as his treble of ATP trophies with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph.

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