World No. 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada will face Italy’s Andreas Seppi, ranked 95th in the world, in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Andreas Seppi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Andreas Seppi Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 20-year-old Canadian and the 37-year-old Italian.
Auger-Aliassime Looking For His First Roland Garros Win
Last year, Felix Auger-Aliassime came to Roland Garros as the 19th seed, but his French Open debut lasted only one match as he was sent packing by Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets. The Paris major is the only Grand Slam where the 20-year-old has not won a match yet — a fact that will put him under a bit of pressure when he takes the court for his first-round match.
The Canadian will, however, take heart from the fact that he registered his first wins at the most recent U.S. and Australian Opens, and what’s more, he wasn’t satisfied with just a second round appearance and went on to reach the fourth rounds of both the tournaments. Can he do the same at Roland Garros?
Given his promise and his liking for clay courts, there is little doubt that he will be one of the players to watch out for in the tournament and if he is able to start well, he will be looking to make a deep push.
Possible roadblocks? A potential third-round clash with eighth seed Matteo Berrettini, and a possible fourth-round meeting with Roger Federer.
But the Canadian won’t be looking that far just yet and will be completely focused on trying to clear the first-round hurdle.
He comes to Paris with a 4-5 record on clay this year, which includes a run to the quarterfinals in Barcelona, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas, and a Round of 16 appearance in Rome, where he was beaten by Federico Delbonis.
Overall, Auger Aliassime is 14-10 this year, thanks to the brilliant start he got in Melbourne, reaching a seventh career final at the Murray River Open, but a maiden ATP title remained elusive as he went down to Dan Evans in the final.
At the Australian Open, he defeated the 12th seed Denis Shapovalov in the third round and looked in complete control of his fourth-round match against Aslan Karatsev after winning the first two sets, but the Russian made a stunning recovery to end Auger-Aliassime’s campaign.
The Canadian has an overall record of 20-20 on clay and has played in two finals on the surface, finishing runner-up in Rio and Lyon in 2019.
Seppi Yet to Win on Tour This Year
Facing Auger-Aliassime in the first round will be 37-year-old Italian, Andreas Seppi, who is 0-3 on the tour this year.
The former World No. 18 will be making his 16th consecutive main draw appearance at the French Open, with his best performance coming in 2012, when he reached his only Round of 16.
And he was very close to causing a massive upset and sealing a maiden last eight spot at a Grand Slam after he took the first two sets against the top seed Novak Djokovic.
But the Serb rebounded to end the Italian’s best-ever campaign. Djokovic went on to play the final but couldn’t stop Rafael Nadal from winning his seventh title in Paris.
Seppi, who has never gone past the fourth round in a major, comes to Paris with a 0-1 record on clay this year, having lost to Sebastian Korda in the first round in Parma.
His other two losses this year came in the first rounds of Melbourne-1 and the Australian Open, as he went down to Salvatore Caruso and Pablo Cuevas respectively.
He hasn’t played much on the Tour this year, however, he has been successful at the Challenger level, winning the Biella-3 title and reaching the semifinals at Biella-2.
The Italian, who has won three career titles but none since winning in Moscow in 2012, has also had seven runner-up finishes, with the last of those coming at the New York Open last year.
One record to be proud of? Since the Wimbledon in 2005, Seppi has not missed a single Grand Slam.
Auger-Aliassime v Seppi Prediction and Tip
Auger-Aliassime will be the favourite to win the contest. The Italian may be the more experienced player, but he has struggled against higher-ranked players in recent times. Expect the Canadian to win in straight sets.