Jannik wins 7-6 (5) 6-4 against the Kazakh in an hour and 42 minutes, recovering even from difficult situations: now he is already number 24 Atp
Keep dreaming of Jannik Sinner who qualifies for the semifinals of the Masters 1000 in Miami by overcoming Kazakh Alexander Bublik 7-6 (5) 6-4. Now the South Tyrolean awaits the winner of tonight’s challenge between Daniil Medvedev and the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. With this success Sinner, second Italian ever after Fognini in the semifinals in Miami, is virtually number 24 in the world ranking.
“Crazy Horse” Bublik makes good and bad weather, Sinner instead goes ahead of his pace without overdoing it. The first extension is from the Kazakh who from the very first games shows off all his enormous technical baggage: serve from below, straight response at 170 km / h, attacks against time and serve and volley even on the second serve. The first break is for Bublik who extends already from the third game and then confirms the advantage by saving three balls of the counter break that Sinner plays without too much conviction. The Kazakh goes fast, at 5-3 40-40 arrives two points from the set, but Sinner is saved by finding a precious ace. At 5-4 Bublik goes to serve to close the set, but here Sinner rises in level and with a partial of 12 points to 5 (from the famous 5-3, 40-40) leads to 6-5. The blue arrives at the set point, but Bublik cancels it, dragging himself with difficulty to the tie break. Here the Kazakh climbs forward 4-1, but commits a double fault and then Sinner also recovers the second mini-break. But Bublik stretches again, arriving at 5-4 with two services available to close the set again. But Sinner proves also on this occasion that he knows how to play the important points well and does so once again, reversing the outcome of the tie break he wins by putting in three points in a row as a great champion.
2° set in rimonta
Second set uphill for the blue who slips under 3-0, then recovers the break but Bublik reaches the ball 5 times that would send him forward 4-2. It is the last sharp of the Kazakh, Sinner is very attentive, catches him on 3 all, and then extends with the break of the ninth game which he confirms by closing at the first match point with the last winning straight. Sinner is the sixth Italian ever to reach the semifinals in a Masters 1000 tournament. The first was Andrea Gaudenzi, semifinalist in Monte Carlo 1995 when he was overtaken 6-3 7-6 by Thomas Muster. The second was Andreas Seppi in Hamburg in 2005 (beaten 6-1 7-5 by Jurgen Melzer), the third Filippo Volandri at the 2007 Internazionali d’Italia (eliminated by Fernando Gonzalez 6-1 6-2) and the fourth Fabio Fognini who has reached this milestone 3 times: in Monte Carlo in 2013 overtaken by Novak Djokovic for 6-2 6-1, in Miami in 2017 beaten by Rafael Nadal for 6-1 7-5 and in Monte Carlo 2019 when he even won the tournament. Sinner’s fifth before was Matteo Berrettini semifinalist in Shanghai 2019 when he was eliminated by Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4.
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March 31, 2021 (change March 31, 2021 | 23:05)
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