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Seppi tops Monfils in Metz

2012-09-22 16:59

Metz, France - Fifth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy fought back to beat seventh-seeded Gael Monfils of France 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the Moselle Open final.

Seppi will play either top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or No 8 Nikolay Davydenko in the final. They were playing later on Saturday in the other semi-final.

Monfils broke Seppi in the sixth game and did not face a single break point in the first set, in which he won 94 percent of points behind his first serve.

But Monfils, who has only just returned from a knee injury, showed signs of tiredness and Seppi stepped up his performance in the second set, breaking Monfils twice.

Seppi saved three breakpoints when serving for the match and clinched victory as Monfils returned high to give him an easy volley at the net.

AP