Ex-champion Seppi stunned by gritty Australian
Max Purcell scrambled into his inaugural ATP Tour
The fearless 23-
Seppi, the 2011 Eastbourne champion, was edged out in the opening set but bounced back to race away with the second set by winning five games on the bounce.
Australian ace Purcell had registered victories on grass this week over two former top 10 stars, South Africa’s 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson and France’s Gaël Monfils, and then added the scalp of the Italian veteran with a gutsy display.
Purcell, world ranked no.283 at the start of the week, raced into a 40–0 lead on Seppi’s serve but dropped the first match point before completing the task on Court No.1.