Andreas Seppi was eliminated in the third round. © APA / getty / AL BELLO
Andreas Seppi caused excitement and admiration at the US Open. In the third round of the Grand Prix in New York, the 37-year-old Kalterer’s story came to an end in late summer.
04. September 2021
Seppi lost on Saturday night (CEST) to German seed Oscar Ott, after just over two and a half hours later with 3:6, 4:6, 6:2, 5:7. Consequently, Obercher missed his first entry into the round of 16 US Open, but it has collected a lot of points of sympathy and appreciation these days. And: In all likelihood, you will remain in the top 100 this year.
On paper, Sippy was Saturday’s favorite. In the world rankings, the 37-year-old takes 89th place, while Ooty is “only” 144th. In addition, the 28-year-old German had to go through a difficult stage of qualifying. But the Colony man has an impressive run in New York: In the previous rounds, he eliminated Lorenzo Sonego (ATP 23) and Dennis Kudla (ATP 92). In short: Ooty is the sensation guy in the Big Apple.
Oscar Otti in the round of 16. © APA / getty / AL BELLO
But Sippy also became a sensation in New York, where he was able to rate him highly Marton Vosovich (ATP 41) and Hubert Hurkacz Eliminate ATP 13 in the first two rounds. So the match had a lot to offer. In fact, the fans were able to witness a strong third-round match in which Sippy trailed 0-2 in sets, but then launched another superb attack. But Ooty was simply too strong that day. He will now meet the best Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini in the round of 16.
Difficulties start in Seppi
Seppi struggled to get into the game in the sweltering summer temperatures on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows. His first two wins in this tournament made their mark, Kalterer made a tired impression, playing on hold and leaving the lead to his opponent. In three of four service games in the first set, the 37-year-old allowed breakout chances, Otti tapping two of them: first to 3:1 and then to 5:3, which is why the German closed in with confidence. The first group.
Sippy once again showed a great fighting heart. © APA / getty / AL BELLO
In the second division, “Andy” got better starting blocks and led 2:1. But then Obercher made a lot of minor mistakes, while the high-flying Otty performed well and took advantage of the mistakes of his opponent, who was nine years older than him. Result: Group win 6:4 for the German who now advances with a score of 2:0. Ecstasy-driven qualifiers on one side, and visibly sick Seppi on the other – in short: At the time, there wasn’t much to say the 37-year-old should have back in this game.
Veteran reports impressively back
But you should never write off Andreas Seppi. The South Tyrolean took a short rest in the toilet and returned to the square as if he had changed. He quickly took the serve from Ooty and withdrew to 3-0. As Sippy then gained more and more confidence in his service and his style seemed more robust overall, he took the group with a break opportunity. Kalterer was finally in the game!
This was also evident in the fourth sentence. What caught the eye: Seppi’s service in particular now ran smoothly, while Otte had to fight harder not to lose connection. However, both professionals run their services. But then came the fateful eleventh match, in which Ooty took the service from the veteran and soon after turned his first match point.
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