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Tsitsipas vs Seppi tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Top seed Tsitsipas faces Italian veteran in Sydney quarterfinals

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 9 Jan 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals of the Apia International Sydney
  • Tsitsipas vs Seppi is live from Sydney on Thursday at 1pm local/2am GMT
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Could steady Andreas Seppi stop top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the Apia International Sydney?

World no. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to make his first ATP semifinal of 2019 as he takes on Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals at the Apia International Sydney on Thursday.

Tsitsipas’s breakthrough 2018 season, which saw the Greek rise from world no. 91 to world no. 16, reach a Masters 1000 Series final in Toronto and claim his first ATP Tour title at the 250 Stockholm Open before becoming the champion at the second edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals, has left the 20-year-old with a lot to live up to. But if Tsitsipas’s goals for 2019 are anything to go by – they include but are not limited to reaching a Grand Slam semifinal, breaking into the top 10 and qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals – he intends to back up everything he achieved in 2018, and more. 

This time last year, Tsitsipas was a wildcard at the ASB Classic in Auckland, losing in the first round to lucky loser Lucas Pouille. This year, he has already played a starring role at the Hopman Cup alongside Maria Sakkari, going 1-2 in singles with a win over Frances Tiafoe but suffering defeats to Cameron Norrie and Roger Federer, and now headlines the Apia International Sydney as the top seed. 

The world no. 15 has made a winning start to his campaign with a straightforward 6-3, 6-4 win over lucky loser Guido Andreozzi, serving eight aces and breaking his opponent three times over the course of the 75-minute match although he was broken himself in the late stages. 

Andreas Seppi should pose more of a challenge than the 80-ranked Andreozzi. A veteran at 34, Seppi ranked as high as world no. 18 in 2013 and has won three ATP Tour titles as well as reaching five finals, although his last appearance in a title match came in 2015. 

Andreas Seppi (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Seppi has had some big wins on Australian hard courts in the past, beating Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2015 and Nick Kyrgios in 2017, and has reached the Sydney semifinals twice in 12 previous appearances. 

This time last year, Seppi had dropped down to play the Canberra Challenger after his ranking declined, but he promptly won that title and went on to compile a number of solid results throughout 2018, starting with making the round of 16 at the Australian Open. He went on to reach the semifinals of Rotterdam as a lucky loser, beating Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev on the way, and would also make semifinals in Budapest and Moscow to end the year inside the top 40. 

Beaten by Andrey Rublev in the first round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha last week, Seppi has already had two good wins in Sydney to make the quarterfinals, beating the powerful Jeremy Chardy – a semifinalist in Brisbane last week – in three sets and the equally hard-hitting Martin Klizan 76(6), 6-2 to reach his first ATP quarterfinal of the year. 

Tsitsipas and Seppi have never played, but I think this could be a challenge for the Greek. Seppi really does play well at this part of the season – he’s made the last 16 at the Australian Open four of the last six years – and his steady but unspectacular tennis is nevertheless effective, especially against a player as flashy but erratic as Tsitsipas. He’s the kind of opponent it’s easy to underestimate, and that could be Tsitsipas’s undoing when they clash in Thursday’s Sydney quarterfinals.

Tsitsipas vs Seppi quarterfinal tennis is live from Sydney on Thursday at 1pm local/2am GMT

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