Seppi, Garcia-Lopez reach final at Zagreb Indoors
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Andreas Seppi earned his 10th singles win this year in defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach the Zagreb Indoors final on Saturday.
Seppi will face another Spaniard, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who beat 2007 champion Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 6-4 in the first semifinal.
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 last year. Seppi leads their head-to-heads 4-0 on 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 quarterfinals.
''This was not an easy match,'' he said. ''I served well in the tiebreaker, and played better tennis in the second set.''
Seppi added that ''one of my goals for this season was to be in the final again, and to win a title again.''
''One is achieved and another one might be on Sunday. I am feeling really well.''
Garcia-Lopez beat Baghdatis for the third time in as many outings. Baghdatis was appearing in his first ATP semifinal since Brisbane in January 2013, but he could not muster enough pressure.
He took a 2-0 lead in the first set but was quickly broken back, and dropped his serve again at 4-4.
In the second set, the Spaniard broke for 5-4 and served out.
''After I broke back in the beginning of the first set I found very good rhythm,'' Garcia-Lopez said. ''I am very happy to be in the final.''