Ital­ian breaks drought for berth in fi­nal

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

AN­DREAS Seppi was the first player through to the men’s fi­nal at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day, end­ing a bar­ren three-and-a-half year run for the Ital­ian.

Seppi ran through Ar­gen­tinian Diego Schwartz­man, tak­ing con­trol of the semi-fi­nal in a first-set tiebreaker be­fore even­tu­ally win­ning 7-6 (7-3) 6-4. He’ll now play the win­ner of last night’s other semi-fi­nal be­tween Aus­tralian Alex de Min­aur and Gilles Si­mon.

The world No.37 Seppi hasn’t played in an ATP world tour fi­nal since June 2015 in Halle, Ger­many, while his last win was way back in Moscow in 2012.

How­ever, the 34-year-old has en­joyed a solid run in Syd­ney this year, knock­ing over No.1 seed Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas in straight sets in their quar­ter­fi­nal on Thurs­day be­fore beat­ing Schwartz­man yes­ter­day.

UNSEEDED Slo­vakian Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova up­set for­mer world No.7 Belinda Ben­cic 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-2 to be the first player through to the Hobart In­ter­na­tional fi­nal.

World No.77 Sch­miedlova, who cracked the top 30 four years ago, reeled off the last four games of the match to beat a frus­trated and emo­tional Ben­cic.

Sch­miedlova will play ei­ther French­woman and sev­enth seed Al­ize Cor­net or Amer­i­can teenager Sofia Kenin in to­mor­row’s fi­nal.

WIN: An­dreas Seppi cel­e­brates de­feat­ing Diego Schwartz­man.

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