Kyle Edmund targets his second career ATP title when he takes on Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in the New York Open final on Sunday.
Kyle Edmund ?? vs Andreas Seppi ?? Match Info
Date: Sunday February 16
Tournament: ATP New York final
Court: Stadium Court
Time: 4.00pm local time (9.00pm GMT)
Kyle Edmund vs Andreas Seppi Head-to-Head
Edmund leads 4-1
2020 | Auckland R16 | Edmund 6-3 7-6(4)
2018 | Shanghai R32 | Edmund 6-3 6-4
2018 | Monte-Carlo R64 | Seppi 6-3 5-7 6-2
2018 | Australian Open R16 | Edmund 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3
2016 | Antwerp QF | Edmund 6-3 6-4
Kyle Edmund vs Andreas Seppi Match Preview
Edmund has won four of his five previous meetings with Seppi and all four on hardcourt – can the Brit continue his dominance over the Italian to capture the second ATP title of his career in New York?
Through to his first final in 16 months, Edmund has produced some of his best tennis this week, taking down Yastuaka Uchiyama, Dominik Koepfer, Soon Woo Kwon and Miomir Kecmanovic to advance into the title match. Certainly not the strongest draw in the world, but you can only beat who’s in front of you and Edmund has done that this week, upping the ante for his most challenging opponent Kecmanovic in Saturday’s semi-finals, registering a dominant 6-1 6-4 victory.
”This is great to be back in a final, playing the matches you want to be playing,” Edmund said. “I obviously want to go all the way, but I’m enjoying my tennis. I’ve kept improving and learning with each match.”
Edmund is trying to get back to the sort of form that saw him achieve a career-high ranking of No. 14 back in 2018 – a year where he claimed the biggest win of his life over No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov to make the Australian Open semi-finals, while he also won his maiden ATP title in Antwerp and finished runner-up in Marrakech.
However, injury would contribute to Edmund sliding down the rankings in 2019, with the Brit making just one semi-final for the season in Eastbourne, with his other best results including fourth round runs in Indian Wells and Miami, along with capturing the Indian Wells Challenger title. The 25-year-old is currently ranked No. 62 in the world after a 6-3 start to 2020 that has saw him make the quarter-finals in Auckland but also lose in the first rounds of Doha and the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Seppi is gunning for just the fourth ATP title of his long career and his first since triumphing in Moscow back in 2012. The Italian has found himself in some lengthy battles this week in New York, overcoming Damir Dzumhur and Jordan Thompson in three-setters, but he saved some of his best tennis for the semi-finals against qualifier Jason Jung on Saturday, prevailing 6-3 6-2.
“When you’re in the semi-finals or final, of course you want to win the title. Tomorrow is another chance and I’ll just try my best,” Seppi said. “[Jung] is coming through the qualifying and had some great wins. He has a really solid game and it was my best match of the week. I played really well from the beginning to the end, very solid, no mistakes.”
Seppi has been one of the tour’s most consistent performers for over a decade now, ending the last 15 straight seasons inside the top 100. The 35-year-old, who has played in 59 consecutive Grand Slam main draws and beaten the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, broke into the top 20 in 2013 and earned a career-high ranking of No. 18 after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. Seppi started 2019 brightly as he made his first ATP final since 2015 in Sydney (lost to Alex de Minaur), but he struggled for the remainder of the year and at one point found himself on a 10-match losing streak.
Down to No. 98 in the world, Seppi lost in the second rounds of Auckland and the Australian Open before finding some of his best tennis again in New York this week.
Kyle Edmund vs Andreas Seppi Prediction
This is a great match-up for Edmund because Seppi’s consistent game gives him the rhythm he needs to dial in on his big forehand. Seppi doesn’t really have the variety to push Edmund out of his comfort zone, and with the Brit zoned in and in great form having made the final, I think he’s headed for the second title of his career on Sunday.