David's week at Belgrade has ended with a defeat against Andreas Seppi, who prevailed 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 after an hour and 52 minutes. The only positive aspect - a bit more time for David to practice at Madrid...
Edit: As there are still neither photos nor video highlights available from the match, I'm going to wait with my report until tomorrow.
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After defeating two young players from outside the Top100 in his first two matches at Belgrade, in the semifinal today (his second of the season and again on clay, after the Copa Claro) David now gets to face a fellow seeded player. Someone, who's much closer to him in terms of ranking and age. And apart from that, David and Andreas Seppi have met before, though it's been a while.
For second seed Andreas Seppi, 28 years old and at #46 currently ranked three places above David, this is the first semifinal he has been able to reach this season. With three quarterfinal appearances (at Doha, Rotterdam and then also last week at Bucharest, where he lost a close match to Fabio Fognini) as his best results ahead of this week. At Belgrade, Seppi has had two straightforward victories over Ivan Dodig and Gilles Muller.
David and Andreas Seppi have met twice but it's been six years since their last encounter, which took place at Monte Carlo. Back then, David won in straights, just like the first time they met (at Vienna, 2004).
Apart from a similar ranking and age, there's a couple of other things that David and Andreas Seppi have in common. A not necessarily reliable serve, for example. And of course, Seppi looks about as typically Italian as David looks typically Argentinean. But another thing Seppi shares with David is a tendency for drama when it comes to closing out sets or matches. Whether there's going to be drama in tonight's match and if so, who will be responsible for it
- we'll find out.