Seppi prevails in Serbia
Italian Andreas Seppi captured the second ATP Tour title of his career by defeating Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 in the final of the Serbia Open.
Paire, who was playing his first ever ATP final after upsetting top-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain, got off to a bright start and earned an early break in Belgrade.
But he failed to keep the momentum going against the second seed and made a series of unforced errors and double faults.
Seppi, who won his first tournament last June in Eastbourne, broke immediately in the second set and then again to close out the match after Paire had saved five match points.
"It was a fantastic week for me," said Seppi, who lost in the semi-finals in Belgrade in 2009 against top-ranked Novak Djokovic. "I managed to win this time."
Djokovic, whose family organise the tournament, also won the title last year, but pulled out this year because of the death of his grandfather.