2012 Final Preview by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
On the ball: Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick, a last-gasp wildcard entry, is set to claim his first ATP Tour grass title since winning at Queen’s Club in 2007.
The 29-year-old has this term been hampered by a hamstring injury and then a loss of form – he arrived at Eastbourne with six successive defeats.
The American ace, seeded at next week’s Wimbledon although was world no33 when the seeds were announced, has lost 20 career finals. And he has lived up to SW19′s confidence in their three-time runner-up, who has been demonic at Devonshire Park and dropped just one set in the tournament as the no6 seed.
But defending champion Andreas Seppi, who had an opening round bye, has an even more impressive record this week as he has not dropped a set this week.
Seppi has stormed to his fourth ATP Tour final and is brimming with confidence to retain the Eastbourne crown and add to Belgrade title picked up last month.
The 28-year-old, since collecting his maiden title last season at Devonshire Park has been on a terrific run – and this is his best season so far.
The Italian ace took world no1 Novak Djokovic to five sets at the 2012 French Open to climb to a career high world ranking of no24.
The only time these players have met was at the 2008 US Open final, when Roddick saw off Seppi 6-2 7-5 7-6.
If Roddick can prise the crown off Seppi then he will match Swiss maestro Roger Federer on the ATP Tour with his title streak to 12 years on the bounce – the best among current players on the circuit.