Seppi, Tomic reach Sydney semis

Updated: January 10, 2013

Third-seeded Andreas Seppi and Aussie crowd favorite Bernard Tomic were a pair of quarterfinal winners Thursday at the Sydney International tennis event, a final Australian Open tune-up.

The Italian Seppi handled eighth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-5,
while the 20-year-old Tomic overcame Finnish veteran and defending Sydney
champion Jarkko Nieminen 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2 at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis
Centre. Nieminen, who also had a runner-up finish here in 2009, beat Frenchman
Julien Benneteau in last year’s Sydney finale.

Seppi and Tomic, the youngest player in the top 100, will decide one of
Saturday’s finalists in Friday’s semifinals.

“I’m really happy with today’s performance and how I played,” Tomic said after
beating Nieminen. “But I’m ready to go for tomorrow’s semifinal. I’m really
confident now, and I got a shot to get into the final for the first time in my

The other semi will pit Benneteau against tall South African Kevin Anderson.
Benneteau bested American qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, while Anderson
erased Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3.