Fellow countrymen Andreas Seppi (Player Bio) and Paolo Lorenzi (Player Bio) will meet in the second round of the Kremlin Cup 2013 in Moscow tomorrow afternoon for a spot in the third round of the tournament. They have previously met in the qualifying round of a Grand Slam tournament but this marks their first ever professional meeting on the ATP tour.
Italy’s Andreas Seppi reached 4 ATP semi-finals in 2013 and broke his losing streak at the US Open by reaching the third round in this year’s tournament. He also reached the final 16 at Wimbledon, losing only to Juan Martin del Potro. While the Italian began the year at No. 18 in the ATP rankings, he has dropped four places over the year to No. 22, yet has remained consistent enough to maintain a spot in the top 25. With fellow countryman Fabio Fognini ranked at No. 17, this marks the first time two Italians have ranked in the top 25 since 1996 (Furlan and Gaudenzi). Seppi is coming off a 6-4, 6-2 win over Lleyton Hewitt last week in the opening round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters but lost to Roger Federer in the second round of the tournament. He will be looking for a stronger showing in Moscow and to string together a few wins.
The 83-ranked Lorenzi reached the second round here in Moscow following a 3-6, 7-5, 4-1 win after opponent Filippo Volandri retired with fatigue. He had a strong showing back in the second round at Indian Wells, when played an impressive match against Gilles Simon but failed to convert three match points and eventually lost to the Frenchman. He did win his first ever doubles title in February, when he won the Vina del Mar doubles title (d. Nadal-Monaco) in his first ATP World Tour final. He holds a 4-9 record on hard courts this season heading into the second round.
This is the first ever ATP encounter between these two countrymen, although they had previously met in the qualifying round of the Wimbledon Championships, where Seppi won in straight sets to advance to the second round of qualification.