|Residence||Kaltern an der Weinstraße, South Tyrol, Italy|
21 February 1984 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (28 January 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 25 (28 October 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2013)|
|French Open||4R (2012)|
|US Open||3R (2008, 2013)|
|Highest ranking||No. 67 (20 August 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 90 (15 July 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2009)|
|French Open||2R (2009, 2013)|
|US Open||QF (2011)|
|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. Seppi reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 18 in January 2013, and is currently the Italian No. 2 (behind Fabio Fognini).
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Personal
- 3 ATP career finals
- 4 Challengers and Futures
- 5 Singles performance timeline
- 6 Doubles performance timeline
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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, 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.
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. 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
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, the Australian pairing of Tomic and Ashleigh Barty and the German pairing of Haas and Tatjana Malek. 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 and Schiavone has never beaten Ivanovic in professional singles matches.
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) and a fourth-round loss in Miami to Andy Murray, who went on to win the tournament.
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. His good friend, WTA player Karin Knapp lives in the same town as Seppi. 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".
ATP career finals
Singles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||13 September 2007|||ATP Gstaad||Clay||Paul-Henri Mathieu||7–6(7–1), 4–6, 5–7|
|Winner||1.||18 June 2011|||Aegon International||Grass||Janko Tipsarević||7–6(7–5), 3–6, 5–3, ret.|
|Winner||2.||6 May 2012|||Serbia Open||Clay||Benoît Paire||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||24 June 2012|||Aegon International||Grass||Andy Roddick||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||23 September 2012|||Moselle Open||Hard (i)||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||1–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||21 October 2012|||Kremlin Cup||Hard (i)||Thomaz Bellucci||3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3|
Doubles: 6 (6 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||4 February 2006||PBZ Zagreb Indoors, Zagreb, Croatia||Hard (i)||Davide Sanguinetti|| Jaroslav Levinský
|Runner-up||2.||18 July 2010||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Simone Vagnozzi|| Robert Lindstedt
|Runner-up||3.||10 October 2010||Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Dmitry Tursunov|| Eric Butorac
|Runner-up||4.||7 January 2011||Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar||Hard||Daniele Bracciali|| Rafael Nadal
|Runner-up||5.||16 June 2011||Aegon International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Grigor Dimitrov|| Jonathan Erlich
|Runner-up||6.||6 October 2013||China Open, Beijing, China||Hard||Fabio Fognini|| Max Mirnyi
Challengers and Futures
|1.||20 January 2003||Munich||Carpet||Lars Übel||6–4, 7–5|
|2.||4 February 2008||Bergamo||Hard (i)||Julien Benneteau||2–6, 6–2, 7–5|
|3.||3 August 2009||San Marino||Clay||Potito Starace||7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–4|
|4.||2 August 2010||Kitzbühel||Clay||Victor Crivoi||6–2, 6–1|
|5.||7 February 2011||Bergamo||Hard (i)||Gilles Müller||3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|6.||9 October 2011||Mons||Hard (i)||Julien Benneteau||2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)|
|7.||4 November 2013||Ortisei||Hard (i)||Simon Greul||7–6 (4) 6-2|
Singles performance timeline
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 2013 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||LQ||1R||2R||2R||2R||2R||1R||2R||3R||6–8|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||3R||A||2R||2R||3–2|
|Hamburg Masters||1R||QF||2R||LQ||SF||Not Masters Series||8–4|
|Year End Ranking||146||68||74||50||35||49||52||38||23||25|
Doubles performance timeline
Current through the 2013 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
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- Sign floors world No.1 Novak Djokovic at Hopman Cup in Perth | News.com.au
- Ashleigh Barty stuns Francesca Schiavone after Bernard Tomic won his third straight match at the Hopman Cup | Herald Sun
- Hopman Cup - A. Seppi/F. Schiavone vs T. Malek/T. Haas - Tennis - scoresway - Results, fixtures, tables and statistics
- N. Djokovic - A. Seppi Head to Head Game Statistics, Tennis Tournament Results - Tennis Statistics Wettpoint
- A. Ivanovic - F. Schiavone Head to Head Game Statistics, Tennis Tournament Results - Tennis Statistics Wettpoint
- Bernard Tomic overcame the hear and Andreas Seppi to book a place in his first ATP final | News.com.au
- OnTheGo Tennis - Home - Quick Q & A With Andreas Seppi
- Novak Djokovic routs Andreas Seppi to enter Dubai Open semi-finals | Tennis - News | NDTVSports.com
- Sony Open 2013: Andy Murray sees off challenge from Andreas Seppi in Miami - Telegraph
- (Italian) "Andreas Seppi diary". Tennis Italiano. 15 May 2008.
- "Seppi defeats Nadal ABN AMRO WTT Rotterdam and on court interview". YouTube. 15 May 2008.
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- Seppi Recent Match Results
- Seppi World Ranking History