Monday, October 22, 2012
Andreas Seppi defeated Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 to win the Kremlin Cup title in Moscow.
Bellucci broke serve for a 3-1 lead and went onto wrap up the first set in 31 minutes.
Bellucci broke for a 4-2 lead, but Seppi broke back to level at 5 all.
The Brazilian broke again but lost his serve when serving for the title for a second time.
They went into a tie breaker which the Italian won to send the encounter into the decider.
Seppi broke twice in the third set to seal the title.
"It is very special to win this title as I remember Yevgeny [Kafelnikov] winning so many times here and he was my idol growing up,” said Seppi. "I saw him a few times this week but I was too shy to ask him anything.
"It has been a great season for me, winning titles is so special, now I have won on all surfaces and that means a lot."
"It was tough today to come back from a set and a break down," said Seppi. "He was serving very well at the beginning. I kept trying and that put some pressure on him. He could not close out when he served for the match twice and that gave me confidence. I started to play more relaxed and more aggressive."
"I just did not play at the same level as I was before when I served for the match," said Bellucci. "Maybe I got too nervous. It was still a good effort from me this week, my first indoor final, it was a good match and he played well.
"I finished my semi-final at 11 o'clock last night and at 2 a.m. I was still awake. It was not easy to recover but still I almost won in two sets."
Seppi received a cheque for $121,500 in prize money and earned 250 ranking points whileBellucci picked up $64,000 and 150 points.
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