Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seppi wins Eastbourne Title after Tipsarevic retires

Seppi wins Eastbourne Title after Tipsarevic retires

Andreas Seppi beat Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(5), 3-6, 5-3, after the Serbian retired with a right hip injury, and won the AEGON International title in Eastbourne.

"It's for sure a special moment for me," said Seppi. "I didn't expect to win my first title on grass, but I really enjoy playing on this surface."

After splitting the first two sets, Seppi raced to a 4-0 lead in the final set, before play was suspended because of rain.
When the match resumed, Tipsarevic clawed back to get on serve, to 3-4 but then he was broken again and subsequently retired after two hours and 35 minutes of play.

"It's a good feeling. It was just my second final... I played a lot of semis and I was also close to winning my first title in 2007, where I was serving for the match and lost. It's a special feeling to win the first title and I hope that I can enjoy it for a few days," Seppi said.

"I have to accept it, I lost. He was the better player than me today," admitted Tipsarevic.

“I’m taking an ultrasound now but it doesn’t look good,” Tipsarevic said. “I know matches are played here until late, but that is the case when there are no clouds and you have enough light.

“It’s an absolute disgrace. … what happened today. At 4-3, 15-all or love-30 when I slipped, I asked the chair umpire or the referee, ‘What else needs to happen for you to postpone this match?’ And he was just quiet. He was just repeating like a parrot that we have enough light, we have enough light.”