Seppi wins Moscow title; Del Potro takes Vienna crown; Berdych beats Tsonga for Stockholm trophy
October 21, 2012 · Print This Article
KREMLIN CUP, Moscow, Russia
No. 2 seed Andreas Seppi captured his second title of 2012 on Sunday in Moscow, Russia, defeating Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Overcoming the loss of the first set, Seppi used his strong ground game to fight past his clay-court comfortable opponent. Currently ranked No. 25 in the world, Seppi will likely move up to No. 22 on the computer on Monday.
Bellucci, 24, was also shooting for his second title this year. The Brazilian had captured the Gstaad title during the summer.
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro won his third title of the season in Vienna on Sunday, blasting past unheralded Grega Zemlja 7-5, 6-3.
Striking 10 aces in total, del Potro won 82 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on three occasions. Never facing his No. 70 ranked opponent previoulsy on Tour, del Potro will next see action at the Basel Indoors next week.
Zemlja, who has had a break out year, defeated Tommy Haas and No. 2 seed Janko Tipsarevic en route to the finals.
IF STOCKHOLM OPEN, Stockholm, Sweden
No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych defeated top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the second straight week on the ATP World Tour, ousting the Frenchman 4-6 6-4 6-4 to win the Stockholm title on Sunday.
Down a set and 4-2, Berdych reeled off four straight games before forcing a final set for the title. Winning 73 percent of his first serve points, Berdych’s ability to win more points off of his second serve proved to be the deciding factor in the contest. Improving to 3-1 against Tsonga in lifetime meetings, Berdych won his second title of 2012, his eighth overall, and boasted his year-to-date record to an impressive 57-19.
Berdych will take next week to prepare for the Paris Indoors, while Tsonga will continue his charge to the World Tour Finals by playing the Valencia Open in Spain.