Donald Young vs. Andreas Seppi
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 23, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Andreas Seppi -165 / Donald Young +145 -- Over/Under:
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Andreas Seppi and Donald Young meet Wednesday in the first round of the Miami Open.
Andreas Seppi hasn’t had a ton of singles success this season, but he is coming off his first doubles title of his career in the Dubai Tennis Championships. Seppi also held his own in the Italy vs. Switzerland matches. However, Seppi has been very inconsistent as a singles player as of late, losing four of his last six matches. Seppi has had a hard time holding serve as of late and was just broken four times in his victory against Young in the Indian Wells Masters. Seppi is capable of playing far better tennis than what he’s shown lately, and you should expect him to make a strong push in this tournament. Seppi has not lost in the first round of the Miami Open since 2012.
Donald Young is also in poor form, as he’s lost his last three matches and hasn’t won a match since Acapulco. Honestly, Young hasn’t been the same since his impressive run at the US Open, as the errors are piling up and it’s prevented him from even winning sets with any consistency let alone matches. We know Young is capable of playing extremely well, especially on his home soil, but he’s hard to trust given his current form. You’d like to see the 26-year-old start to turn things around as we get deeper into the tennis season. Young has made the second round of the Miami Open just twice.
These two have played four times in the past, and Seppi leads the series, 3-1. The most recent match was just last week, a match Seppi won in three sets. Young’s only win over Seppi came in the 2014 Australian Open. This will be the third time Seppi and Young meet on hard court.
Neither one of these guys is playing great tennis and Seppi probably should be the favorite. However, I still think Young is the better player, and he did break Seppi multiple times in their most recent match.
Given the price, I’m siding with Young in a minor upset.