In Turin, the qualifications of the Red group were made: the German joins Medvedev who tonight faces the blue in a match that no longer has value for the classification, but that Jannik wants to win at all costs
The positive approach, an obligatory attitude to face the decisive day in the Rosso delle Nitto group Atp Finals, it was not enough. The opportunities for Jannik Sinner to reach the semifinals are already reduced to zero. Alexander Zverev he beat Hubert Hurkacz in two sets 6-2 6-4 qualifying as second in the group with Medvedev already in the lead thanks to the direct match. Even if Sinner were to win tonight at 9 pm and join Zverev and Medvedev with two wins, having played one less match will still be fatal.
Hubert Hurkacz, wiped out in two sets by his friend Jannik on Tuesday, practically repeated the same script this afternoon against the German. The Pole’s presence had been in doubt until noon, when Hubi was on the pitch for a warm-up against a sparring partner. A problem in his right foot looked like it could have stopped him, but the Miami champion proved he was perfectly capable of playing. Probably Aslan Karatsev, the Russian called to run as reserve reserve once Sinner and Norrie entered, could have given Zverev more trouble, who nevertheless fully deserves the place he is after a season in which he won five tournaments including two Masters 1000 and the Olympic medal in Tokyo.
However, Jannik Sinner will give it all tonight to beat Daniil Medvedev. At stake there are however 200 points that are tempting to consolidate the top 10 year-end already put in the safe thanks to the defeat of Norrie yesterday. Furthermore, the Russian is the “hottest player of the moment” as Riccardo Piatti defined him and for Jannik it will be an important test to evaluate his growth after the two defeats he remedied in the past against the number 2 in the world. With the match at 21 the blue will not take leave of the Pala Alpitour that on Tuesday evening had bestowed the ovation on him. The appointment will be again in a few days, where he will return with the blue jersey to Davis Cup against Colombia and the United States from 25 November. If Matteo Berrettini does not recover, it will be up to him the role of Italian number 1.
November 18, 2021 (change November 18, 2021 | 16:03)
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