Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Andreas Seppi
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
NSW Tennis Centre
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andreas Seppi meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Sydney International.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Guido Andreozzi that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 74 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. Tsitsipas looked more like the Tsitsipas we saw who finished up the 2018 season, as he was sharp with his serve and finished points quickly. There was some cause for concern after a rough showing in the Hopman Cup, but if Tsitsipas is going to play like he did in his last match, he should be considered the favorite to win this tournament. We’ll see which version of Tsitsipas shows up this time around. Tsitsipas has split his last six matches on hard court.
Andreas Seppi is coming off a straight sets win over Martin Klizan that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Seppi won 74 percent of his first serve points and 30 percent of his second serve points. Seppi won 61 percent of his total service points and saved four of his six break points. Seppi has been in control of his first two matches, but he must do a much better job with his second serve if he’s going to have a chance of winning this match. The 34-year-old Italian is showing there’s still something left in the tank after what was a rough 2018 season. Seppi has a shot to win three matches in a single tournament for the second time in his last four tries. Seppi has split his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no pervious matches between these two players.
You never want to give a player as experienced as Seppi no shot to win a match, but the bottom line is he’s a shell of himself at this point and has had little to no recent success on the main stage. Despite a shaky performance in the Hopman Cup, Tsitsipas has been one of the hotter players on tour the last couple of months and has become a bet on player when facing lesser talented players.
Tsitsipas should cruise in this match, winning it in straight sets.