Bernard Tomic vs Andreas Seppi: Sydney International semi-finals live scores, blog

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    After surviving a scare last night, Bernard Tomic will be eager to hit the ground running today as he fights for a place in the final of the Sydney International against in-form Italian Andreas Seppi. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEDT.

    Tomic was off the blocks slowly against Nieminen but managed to come back from a set down to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours.

    While not at his best, Tomic showed great attitude to stick with Nieminen during the second set and wrestled momentum away from the defending champion to finish strongly in the third set.

    It will be interesting to see how Tomic deals with the short turnaround when he faces Seppi, who also performed strongly in his quarter-final victory over Marcel Granollers.

    With temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees today, the conditions will certainly test both players this afternoon, and with this in mind, whoever wins the first set may go a long way to winning this contest.

    Prediction

    Despite being 28 years of age, Seppi had his best season to date in 2012, making the Rome Masters semi-finals and the French Open fourth round last year.

    Seppi was on the verge of making the quarter-finals at Roland Garros but lost to world no.1 Novak Djokovic after holding a two sets to love lead in the match.

    On form, Seppi should present Tomic with his toughest challenge to date in Sydney so the Australian can ill-afford to start slowly against the Italian in tough conditions.

    Tomic at his best does have Seppi covered when it comes to flair and power, with the Australian able to hit strong serves and forehands at will when on form.

    If Seppi manages to keep the ball in play however, Tomic is prone to making several unforced errors as evidenced during the first set of yesterday’s win over Nieminen.

    While Seppi will certainly test Tomic this evening, Tomic is riding a wave of momentum at the moment and should be favoured to progress to his maiden ATP tour final today.

    Tomic in straight sets.

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    • Roar Guru

      5:53pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:53pm | ! Report

      GAME SET AND MATCH TOMIC – Tomic serves well and secures a straight sets 7-6, 6-4 victory over Seppi and secures a place in the final of the Apia International where he will play Kevin Anderson of South Africa. It was another gutsy and classy display from Tomic who survived several set and break points in the first set to secure the set and from there, he was never really troubled on serve against Seppi. On form you have to say that Tomic is favourite against Anderson given his strong form infront of the aussie crowd. Anderson though has been in good form and will test Tomic tomorrow. Thanks for joining us today and we look forward to your company tomorrow for Hewitt – Del Potro and tomic – Anderson

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 6

      • Roar Guru

        1:16am
        Cameron Kellett said | 1:16am | ! Report

        Alan Nicolea,

        I would just like to thank you for following of Tomic throughout his most recent matches. I have unfortunately not been home to keep an eye on the match but when I do get home I have a detailed match summary laid out for me. Thank you.

        Regards Kellett_1992

    • Roar Guru

      5:40pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:40pm | ! Report

      Double fault from Seppi and its 15-30 Tomic now as the Australian presses for a break. Another double fault from Seppi and its two break points for Tomic here…..

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 4

    • Roar Guru

      5:39pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:39pm | ! Report

      Seppi wide with the forehand and its 15 all

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 4

    • Roar Guru

      5:38pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:38pm | ! Report

      Tomic with game point here and he produces a great second kick serve and its 4-4 second set.

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 4

    • Roar Guru

      5:37pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:37pm | ! Report

      Seppi nets the forehand and its game point for Tomic. Tomic though nets the forehand and its deuce now. Seppi with a look in here,…

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 3

    • Roar Guru

      5:36pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:36pm | ! Report

      Tomic with a wild forehand swing that goes well wide and its 30-30 now

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 3

    • Roar Guru

      5:36pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:36pm | ! Report

      Well Seppi has not looked like being broken today and it may take another tiebreaker for Tomic to pull through here. The Italian has done well to get over the first set loss. Tomic continues to hold easily himself however and is playing well in tough conditions.

      Tomic too good with the wide serve and drop shot and its 30-0

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 3

    • Roar Guru

      5:34pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:34pm | ! Report

      Seppi on course for another easy service hold here and he holds with another ace down the tee and leads 4-3 second set.

      Seppi 6 4
      Tomic 7 3

    • Roar Guru

      5:33pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:33pm | ! Report

      Good play at the net from Seppi and he forces the error from Tomic. 15-0. Tomic’s backhand goes long and its 30-0

      Seppi 6 3
      Tomic 7 3

    • Roar Guru

      5:32pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 5:32pm | ! Report

      Tomic with a solid forehand winner after serving well down the tee and he holds to 15 and its 3-3 second set.

      Seppi 6 3
      Tomic 7 3

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