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Seppi will likely be remembered largely for his unimaginable streak of 66 consecutive Grand Slam appearances, the third longest in historical past solely behind Feliciano López (79) and Fernando Verdasco (67). Since Wimbledon 2005, when he misplaced within the first spherical of the derby to Davide Sanguinetti, Seppi has performed in the principle draw at each subsequent main for sixteen years, till the final Australian Open.
Between Melbourne, Paris, London and New York, the blue won 63 video games and reached the final 16 six instances, lacking the date with the second week solely at Flushing Meadows. The Grand Slams are additionally tied to what’s maybe the one remorse of an exemplary profession: by no means reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. In 2015 in Australia the largest alternative, after beating Federer he surrendered 8-6 within the fifth set towards Nick Kyrgiosregardless of a two-set benefit and a match level within the fourth.
The streak of consecutive Grand Slam predominant draw appearances ended at Roland Garros 2022, the place she misplaced within the qualifiers, and she or he didn’t play within the Slams predominant draw once more from then on. Due to 67 draw appearances (he additionally performed within the 2004 US Open, however then didn’t make the principle draw within the subsequent two majors) Seppi can also be within the top-10 of all time of essentially the most current on the Slams, in ninth place. A end result, too, the results of an unprecedented longevity in Italian tennis, but additionally of a bodily integrity that can’t be attributed to luck alone.
Seppi has at all times been an exemplary skilled, caring for each elementa lot in order that solely the illnesses of age – particularly of a hip, which for years compelled him to infiltrate – have managed to maintain him away from the Tour for intervals.