10/21/12 4:31 PM | Ricky Dimon
Andreas Seppi twice survives the brink of defeat and comes back to beat Thomaz Bellucci in the Moscow final on Sunday. Seppi captures his third career title, all three of which have been won on different surfaces.
Making a great escape that harkened back to his memorable run at the Rome Masters, Andreas Seppi outlasted Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday. Seppi needed two hours and 12 minutes to capture the third ATP title of his career.
The first set came down to nothing more than break-point conversions. Seppi cruised through three of his four service games, but Bellucci converted his lone chance at 2-1. The fourth-seeded Brazilian fought off one break point to make it stand up before serving out the opener at 5-3.
Playing in his first hard-court final, Bellucci had multiple opportunities to finish the job in straight sets. He broke at 3-3 and eventually served for the championship at both 5-4 and 6-5. Nonetheless, Bellucci stumbled at the finish line and could not recover for the ensuing tiebreaker. Seppi raced through it seven points to three, improbably forcing a third set.
Having survived the brink of defeat, Seppi was not about to lose it in the decider. Moscow's No. 2 seed struggled to take control, but missing break chances in the first and fifth games only delayed the inevitable. Seppi finally broke at 3-3 by forcing his opponent into a forehand error and he broke again at 5-3 to end the match when Bellucci sent a forehand wide at 30-40.
This is the first hard-court triumph for Seppi, who previously won titles on the grass of Eastbourne in 2011 and on the clay of Belgrade earlier this season. Bellucci is now 2-4 lifetime in ATP finals, having previously contested five on outdoor clay courts.
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