Jannik Sinner is definitely the man in form at the end of the season on the ATP circuit. Recent winner of the Vienna tournament in the final against Daniil Medvedev, the Italian tennis player will play a second final in less than a month thanks to a new success against the Russian, in the semi-final of the Turin Masters 2023 (6-3, 6 -7, 6-1). After a long battle of 2h27, the native of San Candido, more enduring and precise than his opponent, was able to raise his arms to the sky in front of a central court at the Pala Alpitour greatly won over to his cause. In the final for the first time in his career in the masters tournament, Sinner will face tomorrow the winner of the other semi-final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, scheduled from 9:00 p.m.
Daniil Medvedev will start having nightmares about it. Last April after his coronation in the final of the Miami tournament, the world number three had six victories in six confrontations against Jannik Sinner. Since then, the finalist of the last US Open has three defeats in as many matches against the Transalpine. Before this first semi-final in Turin, the protégé of Gilles Cervara had pointed out the two sets lost by Sinner since the start of the Piedmont tournament, a potential sign of a slight drop in performance at the local stage. In fact, Sinner had to fight for three rounds, but he emerged victorious, logically given the nature of the match.
From the start of the match, Medvedev sought to put pressure on his opponent in return. In the third game of the first set, Sinner quietly led 40-0 before defending a break point to finally lead 2-1. Then, in the next game, it was Medvedev’s turn to find himself in the same situation but this time, Sinner converted his first break opportunity. Behind, the quality of the 22-year-old’s first ball made the difference to win the first set in 45 minutes (6-3).
Medvedev lost his calm
Author of a very convincing season from an accounting standpoint with nine finals played and five won, Medvedev has given himself reason to believe in a tenth final in 2023. Thanks to a first ball found and an ability to win long rallies, the title holder in Rome sowed doubt in the opposing camp. At 4-3 in his favor, Medvedev got a break point, but Sinner did not break at first. It was finally at the end of the tie-break, won 7-4, that the two men found themselves one set apart after 1h47 of play (7-6).
After a long break desired by Medvedev and a call to the physiotherapist, Sinner gave a big boost to swing the match in his favor. With a first break to lead 2-0, the public’s favorite made his opponent crack, author of a racket throw and a gesture of humor towards the public punished with a warning. Trailing 3-0, then double broken at 5-1, Medvedev never found the solution to thwart his opponent’s plans in the decisive round (6-1). For his part, Sinner can smile: he is the first local player to qualify for the Masters final since Andy Murray in London in 2016.
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