Following strong showings throughout the week, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Andreas Seppi will meet in the final of the Zagreb Open to crown a new champion in the Croatian tournament. While the crowd would have rather cheered on their hometown hero Marin Cilic, they will get to witness the sixth meeting between these two talented competitors. Seppi leads the head-to-head series 5-0 and will look to remain undefeated en route to his first title since 2012.
Few expected to see Marcos Baghdatis in the semi-final stage of an ATP World Tour event again, and his run came to an end at the hands of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The Spaniard defeated his Cypriot opponent 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the final in Zagreb.
“I am really happy to be in the final,” said the World No. 33. “I didn’t start well. I was a bit nervous. Then I started to play much better with good rallies from the baseline. He made a few mistakes with his forehand which is not his best shot. I was able to break him twice at 4-4 (in both sets). I look forward to being in the final tomorrow.”
World No. 41 Andreas Seppi needed 90 minutes to conclude the second semi-final in Zagreb and defeat Marcel Granollers in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-1.
“It was not an easy match,” Seppi said. “I was a break down in the first set. We were both tight but then I managed to play much better in the second set.
“It is never easy to play a tie-break but I served really well. I was able to break immediately at the beginning of the second set and I tried to be more aggressive with my forehand. Winning in two sets is good for my confidence.”
This marks the sixth time that Seppi and Garcia-Lopez will meet on the professional tour and could turn out to be as lopsided as the head-to-head record shows. However, Garcia-Lopez has looked phenomenal this season and could swing that momentum in his favour if he continues this sort of form.
Prediction: Andreas Seppi in Three Sets