World No. 283, Max Purcell of Australia will be up against Andreas Seppi of Italy ranked 95, in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Eastbourne International on Thursday, June 24. Get the live streaming options of this Max Purcell v Andreas Seppi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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James Purcell v Andreas Seppi Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 23 year old Australian, and the Italian, who is 14 years older..
Purcell’s Week to Remember
Purcell is primarily known as a doubles player, having finished runner-up with partner Luke Saville at the Australian Open in 2020.
Singles wise he spends most of his time on the Challenger tours, and he has no history on grass, having failed to qualify the one year he tried to enter Wimbledon.
He entered the qualifying competition in Eastbourne with little expectations but he managed to beat Kevin Anderson in the first round there before he fell to Ilya Ivashka.
However, he was given a reprieve as a lucky loser and took full advantage, overcoming the challenge of compatriot, James Duckworth, ranked 196 places higher than him in the world, winning in three sets.
Then, on Wednesday, he achieved the biggest win of his career to date, beating the world number 16, and top seed, Gel Monfils of France.
The first set began as a serve battle, but it was Monfils who was the first to crack and drop his serve. Monfils saved two set points, but two more came the way of Purcell, and he was able to make the second of those count.
When Monfils dropped his serve again midway through the second set, Purcell began to scent victory. Monfils, though, had other ideas, broke back and then broke once more to take it to a third set.
And, when Purcell was broken early in the third set things looked bleak for the Australian. However, Purcell clearly had not read the script because he was soon back on level terms and then broke Monfils again.
From there he was able to control proceeding and served out for the match.
Seppi Gets Closer to Another Good Run Here
Seppi is getting towards the veteran stage of a long career that has seen him reach the fourth round at Wimbledon once and the third round three times.. In addition, he won the tournament in Eastbourne in 2011, lost in the final to Andy Roddick in 2013 and again in the fianl of Halle on grass to Roger Federer in 2015.
The Italian has enjoyed two good victories on the south coast of England this week.
He began with a match against Yoshida Nishikori of Japan, the world ranked 57, and he was able to beat him in straight sets, albeit that he needed a tie-break in the first of those.
Then he met the Finnish player, Emil Russuvouri, and used hs greater knowledge and experience of the surface and conditions to record an easy win over a player currently ranked 70 in the world. Seppi broke him twice in the first set, once in the second, and his own serve was barely threatened in the course of the match.
Purcell v Seppi Prediction and Tip
Whilst Purcell has enjoyed a week to remember, his streak seems likely to be ended by a man who is a former winner of this tournament and is an accomplished grass court player.