Garcia-Lopez faces Seppi in final of Zagreb tournament

AP, ZAGREB

Mon, Feb 09, 2015 - Page 19

Andreas Seppi earned his 10th singles win this year by defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 to reach the Zagreb Indoors final on Saturday.

Seppi faces another Spaniard, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who beat 2007 champion Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 6-4 in the first semi-final.

Seppi and Gacria-Lopez are through to their seventh ATP final; it is Seppi’s first since Moscow in 2012 and Garcia-Lopez’s first since winning in Casablanca, Morocco, last year. Seppi leads their head-to-heads 4-0 on the Tour.

After taking the first-set tiebreaker on his second set point, Seppi rolled to 4-0 in the second set and broke again to close the match. Seppi was in Zagreb for the first time since the inaugural event in 2006, when he reached the quarter-finals.

“This was not an easy match,” he said. “I served well in the tiebreaker and played better tennis in the second set.”

“One of my goals for this season was to be in the final again, and to win a title again,” he said. “One is achieved and another one might be... I am feeling really well.”

Garcia-Lopez beat Baghdatis for the third time in as many outings. Baghdatis was appearing in his first ATP semi-final since Brisbane, Australia, in January 2013, but he could not muster enough pressure.

? OPEN SUD DE FRANCE

AP, MONTPELLIER, France

Two-time champion and local favorite Richard Gasquet was to take on big serving Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the final of the Open Sud de France yesterday after the Frenchman defeated his Davis Cup teammate Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s final.

The fourth-seeded Gasquet, who was born in the nearby city of Beziers, has yet to lose a set in the tournament.

Gasquet leads Janowicz 2-1 in their head-to-heads, and beat him in semis in Montpellier last year.

Janowicz, chasing a first ATP title, battled nearly two hours and hit 14 aces to get past Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 6-1 and make it to his third Tour final.

ECUADOR OPEN

AP, QUITO

At the Ecuador Open semi-finals on Saturday, Feliciano Lopez of Spain defeated compatriot Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1), while Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic beat Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.