Andreas Seppi vs. Adrian Mannarino
|Date & Time||Saturday October 20, 2018, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
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Adrian Mannarino and Andreas Seppi meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Kremlin Cup.
Adrian Mannarino is coming off a straight sets win over Egor Gerasimov that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Mannarino won 81 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Mannarino won 70 percent of his total service points and saved all five of his break points. Mannarino has now won each of his last six sets and hasn’t been broken in his last two matches. Mannarino simply doesn’t look like the same player who entered this tournament on a six-match losing streak. Mannarino has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the first time since last years Japan Open. Mannarino hopes to make his second final appearance of the year and his sixth final appearance of his career. Mannarino has won five of his last eight matches on indoor hard court.
Andreas Seppi is coming off a straight sets win over Filip Krajinovic that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Seppi won 73 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Seppi won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 14 break points. Seppi has yet to drop a set this tournament and has been able to sneak in 12 aces as well. Seppi simply doesn’t look like the player who entered this tournament losing six of his last eight matches. This has the ability to be a turning point for the previously struggling Seppi, who should still have something left in the tank at 34 years old. Seppi has a chance to make his first final appearance since the 2015 Halle Open and his ninth final appearance of his career. Seppi has won six of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played seven times and Seppi has won four of those matches. The most recent meeting was in Shanghai of this year, a match Seppi won in straight sets. Seppi is 2-1 against Mannarino on hard court.
The margin of error between these two players is slim, which is why the matches have been so close and they’ve both had success against one another. With that said, I’m giving Mannarino the slight edge based on his serve. Mannarino hasn’t been broken in his last two matches and is capable of dropping the ace here and there in key moments. Seppi also hasn’t made a final appearance in ages, so it’s fair to question him at this stage of a tournament.
Mannarino makes his second final of the year.