Seppi comes through Moscow test
Eighth seed Seppi lost the opening set to the world number 115, but hit back to win the second before taking the decider on a tie-break to wrap up a 2-6 6-3 7-6(4) victory.
Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili restored the spirits of the home crowd, however, beating Slovakia's Karol Beck 6-2 6-4. Gabashvili's win earns him a second-round match against Russian tennis legend Nikolai Davydenko.
Spain's Pere Riba beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-7(1) 6-3 to earn a place in the second round against world number 16 Viktor Troicki.