Andreas Seppi of Italy is through to his first ATP final since 2015, after defeating Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in straight sets 7-6(3) 6-4 at the Sydney International.
Schwartzman won the first two games, but Seppi fought back and had the opportunity to serve out the set when he was leading 5-4. Schwartzman was not ready to go down just yet, levelling the score at 5-5. Both men held in their next service games, resulting in a tie-break, which Seppi won 7-3.
In the second set, Seppi brought up three break points after he sent a winner down the line. On his third break point, he was able to break then consolidate to lead 6-2. After Schwartzman held his next service game, Seppi tried to serve out the match but failed to do so, with Schwartzman breaking back to put the score back on serve. At this point, a few raindrops started to fall onto Ken Rosewall Arena In the next game, Seppi broke and won the match when Schwartzman sent the ball into the net.
The rain seemed like it may have caused yet another suspension of play in Sydney, but it managed to stay very light until the end of the match.
The women’s doubles final featuring Eri Hozumi and Alicja Rosolska vs Aleksandra Krunic and Katerina Siniakova was suspended at 6-1 0-2, with Krunic and Siniakova having won the second set. The women’s singles semi-final between Petra Kvitova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich was set to follow Seppi and Schwartzman but is yet to start due to the rain.
The final of the Sydney International will be a battle between Seppi, and either Alex de Minaur of Australia or Gilles Simon of France.