Jannik Sinner is on a roll at the ATP Masters 1000 level. The 19-year-old Italian reached his third consecutive semi-final at this category with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over fourth seed Andrey Rublev on Friday at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Sinner, who made the last four in Rome and Miami last year, extended his winning streak to eight matches and improved his record to 18-4 this season. He is the youngest player to reach three consecutive Masters 1000 semi-finals since Rafael Nadal in 2005.
“I am trying to get better every week,” Sinner said in his on-court interview. “He [Rublev] has played an unbelievable season last year and this year as well. He is one of the toughest players to play [against]. I am very happy about my performance today.”
Sinner showed no signs of nerves in his first meeting with Rublev, who was aiming for his third Masters 1000 semi-final. The Italian broke the Russian’s serve three times and saved all three break points he faced. He also hit 21 winners to 15 unforced errors, while Rublev made 25 unforced errors and only 10 winners.
Sinner started the match with a confident hold and then earned the first break of the match in the second game with a backhand winner down the line. He consolidated the break with another hold and maintained his lead throughout the opening set. He served for the set at 5-3 and closed it out with an ace after 38 minutes.
The second set was more competitive, as both players held their serve until the seventh game. Sinner seized his opportunity when Rublev made two consecutive forehand errors to give him a break point. The Italian converted it with a stunning backhand passing shot that left Rublev stranded at the net.
Sinner did not falter as he moved closer to victory. He held his serve comfortably in the next game and then applied more pressure on Rublev’s serve in the ninth game. He earned two match points with a forehand winner, but Rublev saved them both with aggressive play. The Russian held on to force Sinner to serve for the match.
Sinner did not let the chance slip away. He raced to a 40-0 lead with three powerful serves and sealed the win with another ace after one hour and 11 minutes. “I am happy about my performance today,” Sinner said. “I think it has been a great match from my side.”
Final Thoughts: Jannik Sinner Continues to Impress with Third Straight ATP Masters 1000 Semi-Final
Jannik Sinner’s remarkable run at the ATP Masters 1000 level continues as he reaches his third consecutive semi-final at this category. The 19-year-old Italian defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets to extend his winning streak to eight matches and improve his record to an impressive 18-4 this season.
Sinner’s victory over Rublev is a significant accomplishment as the Russian is one of the toughest players to play against and was aiming for his third Masters 1000 semi-final. However, Sinner showed no signs of nerves and played with great confidence, breaking Rublev’s serve three times and saving all three break points he faced.
Sinner’s performance was impressive as he hit 21 winners to 15 unforced errors, while Rublev made 25 unforced errors and only 10 winners. Sinner’s ability to stay calm under pressure and his aggressive style of play was evident throughout the match.
Sinner’s success at the ATP Masters 1000 level is remarkable, and he is the youngest player to reach three consecutive Masters 1000 semi-finals since Rafael Nadal in 2005. Sinner’s determination to improve his game every week is evident, and his hard work is paying off.
Sinner’s next opponent will either be six-time champion Rafael Nadal or defending champion Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals.
Regardless of who he faces, Sinner’s impressive run at the ATP Masters 1000 level is something to watch out for, and he has proven that he has the skills and the mental toughness to compete with the best players in the world.
In conclusion, Jannik Sinner’s victory over Andrey Rublev is an impressive achievement, and his continued success at the ATP Masters 1000 level is a testament to his hard work and determination. Sinner’s performance in the semi-finals will be something to watch out for, and it will be interesting to see how far he can go in the tournament.