Simon and Lopez to meet in AEGON men’s final

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Second seed Gilles Simon will meet Feliciano Lopez in the men’s singles final of the 2013 AEGON International after cruising past his semi-final opponent Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

Seppi, the 2010 Devonshire Park champion, put up little fight against the world number 17, who completed his victory in just one hour and 24 minutes.

The Frenchman got off to a flying start, breaking Seppi’s opening two service games to take an instant 3-0 lead. While he was pegged back slightly by the Italian, he closed out the first set with ease.

The second was equally as comprehensive, breaking Seppi’s serve three times and defending his own resolutely to secure the 6-3 set win and match victory.

Simon said, “I think the final is going to be a tough match against him. He’s played a good tournament until now, I just hope I can play tomorrow as I did today but I think you can expect a great game.

“Andreas got a slow start, which I knew and wanted to take advantage of and I did. The conditions were awful, which made serving very difficult.

“I would love to win tomorrow so then it will mean I have won a tournament on every continent and every surface.”

He will now step out onto Centre Court tomorrow to face Spaniard Lopez, who had an equally satisfying straight-sets victory in his semi-final with Ivan Dodig to ensure he still hasn’t dropped a set all tournament.

Dodig entered the contest confident after beating top seed Milos Raonic and rising Australian star Bernard Tomic but seemingly struggled as he stepped out against the fourth seed.

Both players were solid on their own serve in the opening set with neither even getting a chance to break the other’s serve. The set headed for a tie-break, in which world number 39 Lopez stepped it up a notch to win 7-3.

From there, he kicked on –breaking the Croatian’s service game twice and holding firm at Dodig managed to claw one back.

The finish line was in sight and Lopez powered towards it with strength and confidence, closing out the second set 6-1 and booking his place in tomorrow’s final, incidentally against the same opponent with whom he will step out on court in the first round of Wimbledon next week.