Seppi, Bellucci advance to Moscow semifinals

2:05 PM, Oct 19, 2012   |    comments
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Moscow, Russia (Sports Network) - Andreas Seppi of Italy and Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci were among the quarterfinal winners Friday at the Kremlin Cup.

The second-seeded Seppi needed just 59 minutes to dispose of Japan's Tatsuma Ito, 6-2, 6-1, setting up a semifinal on Saturday against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri. The 112th-ranked Jaziri became the first Tunisian to reach an ATP semifinal with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory over Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.

Bellucci, the fourth seed, earned a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Poland's Jerzy Janowicz and will face Croatia's Ivo Karlovic in Saturday's semifinals. The big-serving Karlovic posted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 triumph over French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who took out top-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round on Thursday.

Seppi has reached three finals in 2012, winning in Belgrade back in May. He lost to Andy Roddick in Eastbourne in June and fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Metz last month.

Bellucci beat Janko Tipsarevic for the title in Gstaad back in July, while Karlovic last won a tournament in 2008.

This week's champion will take home $121,520.

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