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J. Thompson (AUS)
A. Seppi (ITA)
|J. Thompson (AUS)||3||4||4|
|A. Seppi (ITA)||6||6||6|
|Set won by A. Seppi||4 - 6||A. Seppi leads 0 to 3|
|Set won by A. Seppi||4 - 6||A. Seppi leads 0 to 2|
|Set won by A. Seppi||3 - 6||A. Seppi leads 0 to 1|
Popular Australian Jordan Thompson will be vying to reach the third round at the Australian Open for the first time when he takes on veteran Italian Andreas Seppi. Join The Roar for live scores and all the action from around 12:15pm (AEDT).
After being a regular on the ITF circuit for much of his early career, Thompson has quickly progressed to being a grand slam regular, having not missed one since the 2015 US Open.
However, in five starts at the Australian Open, the Sydneysider had managed just one victory, in 2017, making his straight-sets triumph over veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez that much sweeter.
Like in 2017, Thompson has started the season in fine form, reaching the quarter-final at the Sydney International before being bested by eventual champion and countryman Alex de Minaur, who also proved too good for him in the Round of 16 at the Brisbane International.
In fact, de Minaur is the only player who has defeated Thompson so far this year, and his opponent, Seppi, certainly knows how that feels.
The 34-year old Italian was also no match for de Minaur in a thrilling straight-sets loss in the Sydney International final – but having already notched up wins over top Australian Open seeds Diego Schwartzman and Stefanos Tsitsipas along the way – there can be no denying Seppi is at the top of his game.
Falling outside the world’s top 32 after a disappointing finish to 2018, Seppi didn’t let his seedless status hinder him, a first-round triumph over 31st seed Steve Johnson the perfect start to his tournament.
He’s become a bit of a Melbourne Park specialist in recent times, reaching the fourth round in three of the last four years – with his list of scalps including Roger Federer (2015) and Nick Kyrgios (2017).
Defeating the hardworking Thompson in front of his home crowd won’t be easy, but Seppi is no stranger to playing the villain role down under.
This is a difficult one to call. Both are in excellent form and play similarly defensive-oriented games, though Seppi has a touch more flair. In the end, though, the Italian’s big game experience and proven record down under make him hard to tip against- though it’ll certainly be tight.
Seppi in five sets.
Tune into The Roar’s live coverage of this second-round clash from around 12.15pm (AEDT), and remember to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section below.
Start Time: Around 12:15pm (AEDT)
Venue: 1573 Arena
TV: Live, 9 Network
Betting: Seppi $1.62, Thompson $2.25
Overall Record: Never Played
Andreas Seppi last 10 matches: won 7, lost 3
Jordan Thompson last 10 matches: won 6, lost 4