This time last year Andreas Seppi had a few days earlier addressed the media in Canberra at the ATP Challenger event he was about to play. He spoke about the need to defend points to stay in the top-100. He was at no. 86 to start the year.
The Italian, now ranked at no. 37, would go onto win the tournament, defeating Marton Fuscsovics in the final, then go to the Australian Open and reach the fourth round. That set him in the right direction on the rankings and he is now in Sydney competing in the ATP 250 event where he is into the quarterfinals against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas had a fantastic 2018 which was capped with a win in the ATP NextGen finals. He went from no. 91 to no. 15 claiming the Stockholm ATP 250 title along the way. He plays this week in the Sydney International as the no. 1 seed and had a tough first match in round two after a first-round bye.
The Greek player after a good hit out at the Hopman Cup looked comfortable in the first set, only to tighten up a bit in the second set against Guido Andreozzi a lucky loser that defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden in the first round.
For Seppi and Tsitsipas it is their first meeting. Seppi is a seasoned campaigner, however, Tsitipas would be expected to take the win, but don’t be surprised if the Italian pulls off an upset.