BELGRADE, Serbia – Andreas Seppi of Italy defeated Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Serbia Open for the second title of his career.
Paire was playing his first ATP final after upsetting top-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain in Saturday's semifinals. Seppi, seeded second, won his first tournament last June in Eastbourne.
"It was a fantastic week for me," said Seppi, who lost in the semifinals in Belgrade in 2009 against top-ranked Novak Djokovic. "I managed to win this time."
Paire got off to a good start with an early break, but he was soon undone by unforced errors and double-faults. Seppi broke immediately in the second set and then again to close the match, but only after Paire saved five match points.
Paire also eliminated sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini and third-seeded Jarkko Nieminen. He thanked the fans, promising to "see you next year."
The Serbia Open is organized by the Djokovic family. Djokovic won the title last year, but pulled out this year because of the death of his grandfather.