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Andreas Seppi - Novak Djokovic Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
N Djokovic76---
ItalyA Seppi62---

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  1. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 6-2 - MATCH! Djokovic races ahead 40-15, then sends Seppi on the runaround before killing the game with a deft volley. He started slowly, but he was by far the better player, especially once he had claimed the first set. Next up for the world number two is Nikolay Davydenko in round three. Full draw

  2. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-2 - A good service game from the Italian, holding to 30 and finishing with an ace down the middle. As he takes to his chair, however, he knows that he must break the world number two twice in a row to have any chance of salvaging the match.

  3. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-1 - Every hold of serve, every point won by Seppi was taking extraordinary fight - now, simply, that fight is gone. The exceptional shots have deserted him, and Djokovic has everything covered. Seppi will serve to stay in the match, but he's already virtually out of it.

  4. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 4-1 - BREAK! And that, really, should be that. The Serb's class just beginning to tell, and with Seppi throwing in another double fault, he leaves Djokovic a set and two breaks to the good.

  5. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 3-1 - Another hold for Djokovic, and you struggle to see where Seppi can strike to find his way back into the match. He's lost eight out of eight to the Serbian. He's got to break in one of the next three games to stop it becoming nine from nine.

  6. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 2-1 - BREAK! Finally, Djokovic gets it done. The world number two makes it 0-40 in no time at all, and this is a hole too big for even the defiant Italian. He saves the first break point as Djokovic fires the ball out of play, but at the second attempt - and at the eight attempt in this match - he breaks.

  7. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 1-1 - Djokovic races through a hold to fifteen. Even though he has not been at his best, he's yet to be tested on his serve - not so much as a single break point chance for Seppi.

  8. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 0-1 - So nearly the world number two takes the early initiative in the second set. He earns a break point, and looks to have it sealed when Seppi produces an awkward, desperate lob that Djokovic decides is going in, and has to stretch for at the net. He cannot control it, and Seppi clings on, going on to hold.

  9. - - DJOKOVIC 7-6 - SET! Terrific shot from Seppi - Djokovic picks out the corner with a volley at the net, covers the angles, and Seppi STILL beats him with a backhand pass. That brings it back on serve, but the mini-break is restored when Seppi narrowly misses with an attempt at a forehand winner. Two set points for Djokovic, and he doesn't need asking twice. Not the best set of tennis Djokovic has played this year, but he finds a way to get through it and win, taking the breaker 7-4.

  10. - - DJOKOVIC 6-6 - Djokovic earns the early mini-break, but blasts a forehand long to give Seppi just a hint of hope at the change of ends. 4-2 the Serbian leads.

  11. - - DJOKOVIC 6-6 - Credit to Seppi, who's competing fiercely in this clash and earns a chance in the tie-break after lashing a forehand past the US Open champion.

  12. - - DJOKOVIC 6-5 - There certainly looks like no trouble for Djokovic behind his own serve. The Serbian whipping through each service game, and he has one last chance to see if he can break the world number 27 before the set goes to a tie-break.

  13. - - DJOKOVIC 5-5 - Seppi in real trouble here as Djokovic drives through the forehands. Seppi blocking the ball back into play, but sooner or later there's a shot that's just too good to counter. Djokovic into a 15-40 lead,. The first set point is saved by a controlled volley, then the second follows. Djokovic earns a third chance, but Seppi digs deep once more. Level again, somehow.

  14. - - DJOKOVIC 5-4 - A confident riposte from the Serbian. The pressure ramps up once again, as the Italian will now serve after the change of ends to stay in the first set.

  15. - - DJOKOVIC 4-4 - Top reply from Seppi. After struggling on serve so far, he comes through this game in four points and a total of 78 seconds. As you were.

  16. - - DJOKOVIC 4-3 - Classy, unequivocal hold from Djokovic. The set may be on serve, but Djokovic racing through his service games while Seppi labours through his could create its own pressure.

  17. - - DJOKOVIC 3-3 - The Italian Seppi has had a busy schedule this year and boasts a win-loss record of 24-20 for the year coming into the tournament. He edges in front at 40-30 only to be pegged back. Djokovic's incredible defence also comes into play with some terrific scrambling that helps raise a break point. But Seppi holds on once more.

  18. - - DJOKOVIC 3-2 - Lovely shot from Djokovic to wrap up the fifth game - he gets Seppi on the run before pinpointing a backhand in behind the Italian as he's running back to the middle. Wrong-footed, and behind on serve for now.

  19. - DJOKOVIC 2-2 - Seppi dominated Djokovic for more than two sets at Roland Garros in a match he went on to lose. He looks like a man who is not overawed by the Serbian. He holds once more, but is having to work just a little bit harder than the world number two for these holds.

  20. - - DJOKOVIC 2-1 - Both men have made a good start here, and that bodes well for an entertaining second round clash. Djokovic has bounced back well from missing out on the medals at Wimbledon - he sealed victory at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last weekend.

  21. - - DJOKOVIC 1-1 - Sparse crowd on Centre Court, and Djokovic will probably be quite happy that they miss him whacking the ball up into the air on break point with the court at his mercy. A curious shot, and Seppi takes advantage of that and another error from Djokovic to hold his serve.

  22. - - DJOKOVIC 1-0 - Just beginning on Centre Court in Cincinnati, world number two Novak Djokovic takes on Andreas Seppi. These two have met eight times, with Djkoovic winning all eight - but if you think that will mean life should be easy for the Serbian, bear in mind that the last time they played Djokovic had to come back from two sets down to progress at this year's French Open. The Serb is off to a decent start with a hold in the opening game here.

Andreas Seppi

Nationality ITA
Date of Birth 21/02/1984
Height 1.9 m
Weight 70 kg

Novak Djokovic

Nationality SRB
Date of Birth 22/05/1987
Height 1.88 m
Weight 80 kg

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