A first round match-up is scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon in Rome between German No. 1 Tommy Haas and Italian No. 2 Andreas Seppi. This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, and the second time in two months. Haas leads the head-to-head series 3-1. Their meeting at the Italian Open tomorrow will be their third clay court encounter, after Haas prevailed last month in Munich.
German No. 1 Tommy Haas is coming off a first round upset to Igor Sijsling in Madrid. Prior to that, the world No. 19 produced a semi-final showing at the BMW Open, but ultimately failed to retain the title he won in 2013. Haas is yet to regain his top form, as his best performances so far this season took place in Munich and the Zagreb final.
Haas has not been past the opening round in Rome since 2002, and has lost his last five consecutive matches at the Italian Open. He will be looking to break that streak this time around by defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
World No. 34 Andreas Seppi was also upset in the opening round of the Madrid Masters, as he lost to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. Prior to that he had lost to Tommy Haas in the quarter-final in Munich, which was his best performance of the season. While Seppi reached the quarter-finals in Rome back in 2012, he lost in the opening round last year to Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini and will be looking to top that performance this time around.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Haas leading the head-to-head series 3-1. This is also the third time they meet on the red dirt, after Haas defeated Seppi 6-1, 6-2 last year in Madrid and then more recently in three sets in Munich. While Haas is yet to regain his form from last season, he should hold an advantage tomorrow afternoon when he faces the Italian, but considering his inconsistency as of late, this could easily shift in Seppi’s favour.
Prediction: Andreas Seppi in Three Sets