World No. 88 Andreas Seppi of Italy will face World No. 274 Timofey Skatov of Kazakhstan in the first round of the 2021 Astana Open on Monday, September 20. Get the live streaming options of this Andreas Seppi v Timofey Skatov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andreas Seppi v Timofey Skatov Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the 37-year-old Italian and the 20-year-old Kazakh.
Seppi Looking to Bring U.S. Open Form to Astana
The veteran Italian comes to Nur Sultan on the back of a stunning performance at the U.S. Open, where he stunned Marton Fucsovics and Hubert Hurkacz in the first two rounds to reach the Round of 32 for the first time since 2015.
Seppi, who has been a decent player on all surfaces over the years, had struggled on hard courts for most parts of the season, but thanks to his performance at the Flushing Meadows, he comes to Nur Suultan with a 3-7 season record on hard surfaces. He did win a Challenger title on the surface though, winning the Biella 3 title to win his first title since 2019.
Overall, Seppi is 7-11 on the tour in 2021 and was at his best in Eastbourne, where playing as a qualifier, he reached the quarterfinal.
It will be interesting to see if Seppi can bring his new York form to Nur Sultan.
Skatov Looking to Impress at Home
Last year, the 20-year-old was knocked out in the first round of the tournament by Emil Ruusuvuori. But back then he was ranked No. 438 in the world. One year on, he comes into his home tournament as the 274th-ranked player in the world.
A former junior No. 1, the Kazakh will be making only a second main draw appearance on the tour. A decent clay court player, Skatov, who has won three ITF titles from five finals, has never played a final outside of clay courts .
He reached his only Challenger final this year at Almaty, Kazakhstan, but could only finish runner-up. Most recently, he was in the semifinals in Kyiv, Ukraine, this month, which was also a clay court event.
Seppi v Skatov Prediction and Tip
Seppi’s experience and his current form makes him an overwhelming favourite in this match. Expect the Italian to start with an easy win.