Andreas Seppi

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Andreas Seppi
Seppi WM13-017 (9458879447).jpg
Country  Italy
Residence Kaltern an der Weinstraße, South Tyrol, Italy
Born (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 30)
Bolzano, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $5,867,211
Official website andreasseppi.com
Singles
Career record 249-270 (47.97%)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 18 (28 January 2013)
Current ranking No. 48 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2013)
French Open 4R (2012)
Wimbledon 4R (2013)
US Open 3R (2008, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 84-156
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 53 (3 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 53 (3 March 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2009)
French Open 2R (2009, 2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open QF (2011)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2014)
Last updated on: 15 July 2013.

Andreas Seppi (born 21 February 1984 in Bolzano, Italy) is a professional tennis player from South Tyrol, northern Italy, who turned professional in 2002. He considers clay and hard courts his favourite surfaces and is coached by Massimo Sartori.[1] Seppi reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 18 in January 2013, and is currently the Italian No. 2 (behind Fabio Fognini).

Tennis career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Seppi turned pro in 2001, playing exclusively on the ATP Futures and ATP Challenger Series circuit for three seasons. He won his first Futures event in 2003, in Munich, Germany, defeating Lars Übel. In addition, he qualified for his first two ATP events in Kitzbühel and Bucharest, where he was defeated by Olivier Mutis and José Acasuso, respectively.

In 2004, Seppi made his Davis Cup debut against Georgia, losing to Irakli Labadze in five sets. In Kitzbühel, Seppi failed to convert 10 match points against Rainer Schüttler in a second-round loss. A few weeks later, Seppi was able to gain revenge for this loss. In his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier, he defeated Schüttler, coming from two sets to love down.[2] Seppi finished the 2005 season in the top 100 for the first time. He qualified for four ATP Masters Series events, with his best performance in Hamburg, where he reached the quarterfinals. In the Davis Cup, Seppi came back from two sets to love down and defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, before losing to Rafael Nadal in the reverse singles. After this performance, he reached his first ATP Tour semifinal in Palermo, where he defeated defending champion Tomáš Berdych, before falling to Igor Andreev.

2006–2007[edit]

In 2006, Seppi made semifinals on hard courts in Sydney and grass in Nottingham, showing that he was able to perform well on other surfaces besides clay. Seppi ended the streak of four consecutive Sydney titles for Lleyton Hewitt and, in the process, saved two match points. Seppi lost against Andre Agassi in his last appearance at Wimbledon.

At the 2007 Australian Open, Seppi defeated American Bobby Reynolds in five sets, after saving a match point. The match was scheduled for the afternoon, but was put back due to the heat.[3] This match finished at 3:34 am, which was at the time the latest time for a match to be completed until it was surpassed by the Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis match at the 2008 Australian Open which started at 11:47pm and finished at 4:33am because of a two hour delay.

Seppi made the final of the Sunrise Challenger, defeating Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Martín del Potro, and Nicolás Massú, and then losing to Gaël Monfils. After Sunrise, Seppi struggled with his ranking outside the top 100. He surprisingly made his first ATP Tour final in Gstaad, where he defeated Stefan Koubek and Igor Andreev both in third-set tiebreakers. Seppi led 5–3 in the third set and had the opportunity to serve for the championship but failed to do so losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu. Seppi made his first semi final indoors in Vienna defeating two time defending champion Ivan Ljubičić along the way to complete the feat of at least making the semi finals of events played on clay, hardcourt, grass and indoors, eventually finishing in the top 80 for the third consecutive year.

2008–2010[edit]

Andreas Seppi at 2008 US Open

The 2008 season Seppi won his first Challenger title at Bergamo where he defeated Julien Benneteau in the final for the loss of 1 set in the tournament. He made the quarter-finals of the indoor event in Rotterdam where he defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the process saving a match point. Then he scored his biggest win over the then world number 2 Rafael Nadal before losing to Robin Söderling. Seppi qualified for the semi-finals of the Hamburg Masters, this was the first time he reached that stage of the Masters Series events, he defeated Richard Gasquet, Juan Mónaco and Nicolas Kiefer in a match where he led 6–3, 5–3 before winning which included Seppi winning the last 4 games and went for 3 hours and 13 minutes in duration,[4] before losing to Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

In 2009 Seppi made the semi finals in Belgrade and in Umag both on clay, while winning his second Challenger title in San Marino defeating countryman Potito Starace in the final. Seppi found success at the challenger level in 2010 where he won his third challenger title at Kitzbühel accounting for Victor Crivoi in the final.

2011–2012: Breakthrough[edit]

For the second time Seppi won the Challenger title at Bergamo in 2011 and later in the year followed that victory with his first ATP title in 2011 at Eastbourne which came on grass defeating Janko Tipsarević in the final after the Serbian retired at 5–3 down in the 3rd set. Earlier in the day Seppi played Igor Kunitsyn in the semi final which he also won in 3 sets.

Seppi won his second ATP title in 2012 at Belgrade defeating David Nalbandian in the semi finals and Benoît Paire in the final. At the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters he defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, having saved six match points in the process.

Seppi reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at the 2012 French Open, eventually being defeated by world #1 Novak Djokovic in five sets having won the first two sets.[5] He defeated former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the first round and former top ten player Fernando Verdasco along the way. He didn't fare well at the other Grand Slam tournaments, losing in the first round of the Australian and US Opens as well as Wimbledon.

2013: Entering the top 20[edit]

Seppi started his 2013 season at the Hopman Cup, partnering 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. Seppi lost all three of his singles rubbers, to Novak Djokovic, Bernard Tomic and Tommy Haas, but combined with Schiavone to win all their doubles rubbers, against the Serbian pairing of Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic,[6] the Australian pairing of Tomic and Ashleigh Barty[7] and the German pairing of Haas and Tatjana Malek.[8] The win over the Serbian pair of Djokovic and Ivanovic marked the first victory for Seppi and Schiavone over their respective opponents in any capacity, as Seppi has never defeated Djokovic[9] and Schiavone has never beaten Ivanovic[10] in professional singles matches.

At the Sydney International the following week, Seppi reached the semifinals as the third seed, losing to eventual champion Tomic.[11]

Seppi reached the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, a result which saw him enter the world's top 20 for the first time.[12]

Mixed results followed the Australian Open, with a quarterfinal loss in Dubai to eventual champion Djokovic (extending the Italian's winless record to 0–11)[9][13] and a fourth-round loss in Miami to Andy Murray, who went on to win the tournament.[14]

2014[edit]

Seppi's 2014 season started poorly; losing every match at the Hopman Cup. In the Sydney International, Seppi was seeded 3rd. He was defeated by Marinko Matosevic in the second round (bye first round).[15] In the Australian Open, he beat Lleyton Hewitt in five sets but lost to Donald Young in the second round.

At the Rotterdam Open, he was defeated by Tomas Berdych in the first round. He then lost to Michael Llodra in Marseille. Seppi did manage to find some form in Dubai, reaching the second round by beating Florian Mayer coming from 3–0 down in the third set. The match ended 4–6, 6–1, 7–5. He was then defeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber. He reached the third of the Indian Wells and the Miami Masters losing to Stanislas Wawrinka and David Ferrer respectively. At the 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Seppi defeated no.13 seed Mikhail Youzhny and Pablo Andujar but lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round.

Personal[edit]

Seppi's mother tongue is German, but he also speaks Italian and English. He supports A.C. Milan and his nicknames are Andy and also Seppio, given to him by his coach.[1] His good friend, WTA player Karin Knapp lives in the same town as Seppi.[16] When asked how he managed to lose in the 2007 Kitzbühel quarterfinals to good friend Potito Starace after being 6–1, 5–3 ahead, he answered "Easy: if I beat him who would have supplied me with movies for the whole season?".

In Rotterdam 2008, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to Seppi, after he defeated Rafael Nadal. When asked by the on-court interviewer after being drawn to play Lleyton Hewitt and then Rafael Nadal whether he expected to reach the quarterfinals, Seppi answered "that he had his flight booked for Wednesday".[17]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (3-3)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments(0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 13 September 2007 Switzerland Swiss Open, Gstaad Clay France Paul-Henri Mathieu 7–6(7–1), 4–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 18 June 2011 England Aegon International, Eastbourne Grass Serbia Janko Tipsarević 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 5–3, ret.
Winner 2. 6 May 2012 Serbia Serbia Open, Belgrade Clay France Benoît Paire 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 24 June 2012 England Aegon International, Eastbourne Grass United States Andy Roddick 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 23 September 2012 France Moselle Open, Metz Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 21 October 2012 Russia Kremlin Cup, Moscow Hard (i) Brazil Thomaz Bellucci 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3

Doubles: 6 (0-6)[edit]

Legend ( Doubles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–4)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 4 February 2006 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) Italy Davide Sanguinetti Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–7(7–9), 1–6
Runner-up 2. 18 July 2010 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Italy Simone Vagnozzi Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 10 October 2010 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Russia Dmitry Tursunov United States Eric Butorac
Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 7 January 2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Italy Daniele Bracciali Spain Rafael Nadal
Spain Marc López
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 5. 16 June 2011 Aegon International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 6 October 2013 China Open, Beijing, China Hard Italy Fabio Fognini Belarus Max Mirnyi
Romania Horia Tecău
4-6, 2-6

Challengers and Futures[edit]

Challengers (6)
Futures (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 20 January 2003 Germany Munich Carpet Germany Lars Übel 6–4, 7–5
2. 4 February 2008 Italy Bergamo Hard (i) France Julien Benneteau 2–6, 6–2, 7–5
3. 3 August 2009 San Marino San Marino Clay Italy Potito Starace 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–4
4. 2 August 2010 Austria Kitzbühel Clay Romania Victor Crivoi 6–2, 6–1
5. 7 February 2011 Italy Bergamo Hard (i) Luxembourg Gilles Müller 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
6. 9 October 2011 Belgium Mons Hard (i) France Julien Benneteau 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
7. 4 November 2013 Italy Urtijëi Hard (i) Germany Simon Greul 7–6 (4) 6-2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended. Current till 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open LQ LQ 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 7–9
French Open LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 3R 3R 10–9
Wimbledon LQ 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 4R 1R 11–10
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 6–11
Win–Loss 1–1 0–2 1–4 2–4 5–4 3–4 2–4 3–4 3–4 10–4 4–4 34–39
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A LQ 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 3R 7–9
Miami Masters A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 4R 3R 6–10
Monte-Carlo Masters A 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R A 2R 1R 3R 9–9
Rome Masters 1R 2R 1R LQ 2R 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 1R 7–10
Madrid Masters LQ LQ LQ A 1R 3R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 3–6
Canada Masters A LQ LQ A 1R A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2–5
Cincinnati Masters A LQ 1R LQ 3R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 2R 5–7
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series A 3R A 2R 2R 3–2
Paris Masters A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R LQ 3R 2R 1R 5–8
Hamburg Masters 1R QF 2R LQ SF Not Masters Series 8–4
Win–Loss 0–2 5–5 2–7 3–4 10–9 8–7 5–6 3–6 9–9 5–9 6–7 56–71
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–4 0–0 3–6
Year End Ranking 146 68 74 50 35 49 52 38 23 25

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current through the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R QF 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 7–7
French Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2–8
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 4–8
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R QF 1R 1R 5–9
Win–Loss 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–4 6–4 3–4 3–4 2–4 3–4 1–3 18–32

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andreas papapetrouprofile". ATP. 15 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Qualifiers making major impact at Open". ESPN. 15 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Clarey, Christopher (15 May 2008). "Early-Morning Defeat Leaves Qualifier Upset About Officials’ Decision". New York Times. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Head to Head statistics". ATP. 20 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Andreas Seppi". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  6. ^ Sign floors world No.1 Novak Djokovic at Hopman Cup in Perth | News.com.au
  7. ^ Ashleigh Barty stuns Francesca Schiavone after Bernard Tomic won his third straight match at the Hopman Cup | Herald Sun
  8. ^ Hopman Cup - A. Seppi/F. Schiavone vs T. Malek/T. Haas - Tennis - scoresway - Results, fixtures, tables and statistics
  9. ^ a b N. Djokovic - A. Seppi Head to Head Game Statistics, Tennis Tournament Results - Tennis Statistics Wettpoint
  10. ^ A. Ivanovic - F. Schiavone Head to Head Game Statistics, Tennis Tournament Results - Tennis Statistics Wettpoint
  11. ^ Bernard Tomic overcame the hear and Andreas Seppi to book a place in his first ATP final | News.com.au
  12. ^ OnTheGo Tennis - Home - Quick Q & A With Andreas Seppi
  13. ^ Novak Djokovic routs Andreas Seppi to enter Dubai Open semi-finals | Tennis - News | NDTVSports.com
  14. ^ Sony Open 2013: Andy Murray sees off challenge from Andreas Seppi in Miami - Telegraph
  15. ^ Darren Walton, Australian Marinko Matosevic upsets Andreas Seppi in Sydney International second round, The Telegraph, 8 January 2014, retrieved 15 February 2014
  16. ^ (Italian) "Andreas Seppi diary". Tennis Italiano. 15 May 2008. 
  17. ^ "Seppi defeats Nadal ABN AMRO WTT Rotterdam and on court interview". YouTube. 15 May 2008. 

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