• Seppi, Rosol aim for Kremlin Cup semifinals

    10/18/12 7:58 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Seppi, Rosol aim for Kremlin Cup semifinals Andreas Seppi will continue his Moscow campaign on Friday against Tatsuma Ito. Lukas Rosol and Malek Jaziri are also looking for a place in the semifinals.

    (8) Tatsuma Ito vs. (2) Andreas Seppi

    Ito and Seppi will be squaring off for the first time in their careers when they go head-to-head in the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals on Friday. Seppi is the highest-ranked player remaining and the clear title favorite with Alexandr Dolgopolov and Viktor Troicki having already gone down. The second-seeded Italian improved his 2012 record to 34-25 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Igor Sijsling on Thursday.

    Through to his second ATP quarterfinal of the season, Ito is up to a career-high ranking of No. 63 in the world. He owns 10 of his 16 career match wins this year following three-set triumphs in Moscow over Roberto Bautista-Agut and Konstantin Kravchuk. This is a big step up in competition for Ito, who is far less experienced than Seppi in the latter stages of ATP events. Count on the world No. 25 advancing in straight sets.

    Lukas Rosol vs. Malek Jaziri

    This is a huge opportunity for Rosol and Jaziri, neither of whom have ever advanced to an ATP semifinal. Jaziri had never even been to a quarterfinal at this level prior to this week. Interestingly, the 112th-ranked Tunisian's three ATP victories in 2012 had come on a big stage; at Roland Garros, at Wimbledon, and at the London Olympics. He has improved his season record to 5-10 thanks to Moscow wins over Rajeev Ram and Viktor Troicki.

    Rosol is in the midst of only his second productive week (he also reached the Kitzbuhel quarterfinals) since stunning Rafael Nadal at the All-England Club. The 88th-ranked Czech has experienced a letdown in the aftermath of his biggest career moment, but perhaps he is getting back on track. So far in Moscow, Rosol has taken out Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Denis Istomin. This could go either way, but Jaziri in three sets is the pick.

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