Dudi Sela’s hopes of reaching a first ATP Tour semifinal in almost two years were dashed on Thursday with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals in Nottingham.
Sela, ranked No. 71 in the world, was playing in his first ATP Tour quarterfinal since losing to Denis Kudla in the last eight in Atlanta last July. The 31-year-old last played in a semifinal on his way to the final in Atlanta in the summer of 2014.
Sela got off to an encouraging start against Seppi (57), saving two break points in the 11th game before wrapping up the first set with the first break of the contest in the subsequent game. Seppi seized the momentum with a break in the third game of the second set and soon tied the match.