Diego Schwartzman vs. Andreas Seppi
|Date & Time||Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
NSW Tennis Centre
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Diego Schwartzman and Andreas Seppi meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Sydney International.
Diego Schwartzman is coming off a three sets win over Yoshihito Nishioka that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Schwartzman won 83 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Schwartzman won 73 percent of his total service points and produced three breaks on six break points. Schwartzman had to work much harder than he should have considering the first set took just 20 minutes, but he served better than he did in his opening match and has been able to take advantage of the few break points he’s earned in his first two matches overall. Schwartzman has a chance to make his fifth career final appearance and second since last year. Schwartzman has split his last four matches on hard court.
Andreas Seppi is coming off a three sets win over Stefanos Tsitsipas that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Seppi won 73 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Seppi is coming off his best victory in quite some time, beating a top-20 player and doing so when a set down. Seppi won 74 percent of his total service points and was only broken once on seven break points. Right when it looked like the 34-year-old Italian was a bit washed up, Seppi has a shot has a shot to win four matches in a single tournament since winning a challenger title in Canberra last year. Seppi has a chance to make his ninth career final appearance and first since the 2015 Halle Open. Seppi has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
I’m not sure what to make of Seppi, as I said he was a shell of himself before the Tsitsipas match, and he beat the rising star thanks to a million unforced errors. You certainly can’t put anything past the experienced Italian at this point. Still, I’m going to side with Schwartzman to win this match. His serve has improved in each of his last two matches and he’s one of the more underrated players on tour when getting free points with that serve. Give Seppi credit for getting here, but Tsitsipas helped him a lot in that match.
Schwartzman makes his first final of the new year.