The one against Bublik was another great match from Sinner, especially from a mental point of view. Against the number 42 in the world, the young man of San Candido in fact, he had to recover a break from behind in both sets played. First recovering under 5-3, then closing at the tie-break for 7 points to 5 and recovering again from 4-1, then in the second set when he was 3-0 down. Reactions that once more certify Sinner’s stubbornness and once more constancy of performance more and more visible. Without wishing to make any comparison, but only to give an idea of how great Sinner’s company is, let’s consider that the blue reached his first semifinal 1000 with a year earlier than Roger Federer: 19 years and 7 months compared to 20 years and 7 months for the Swiss. Nadal instead he arrived at 18 years and 9 months. Prior to this match, Sinner had already kicked out opponents like Gaston, Khachanov (comeback) e Rose lining.
“Obviously – said the South Tyrolean at the end of the match – this semifinal means a lot. It wasn’t easy, I was playing here in Miami for the first time. I’m happy but the tournament isn’t over. I will try to play my best tennis the day after tomorrow, I can’t wait. It is difficult to play against Bublik. He has fun on the pitch and when he feels the ball it is difficult to play against it and in the first set it was very hard. I tried to stay attached to the game by playing on all points and this helped me ”.
Sinner thus becomes the sixth Italian to reach this point of a 1000 tournament. Before him they had succeeded Gaudenzi (Montecarlo 1995, deleted from Thomas Muster per 6-3 7-6), Flying (Rome 2007, defeated by Fernando Gonzalez placeholder image per 6-1 6-2), Seppi (Hamburg 2008, beaten by Roger Federer 6-3 6-1), Fognini (Montecarlo 2013, beaten by Novak Djokovic for 6-1 6-2, and 2019 when he then won the tournament and Miami 2017, defeated by Nadal 6-1 7-5) and Berrettini (Shanghai 2019, defeat to Zverev for 6-3 6-4). A result that projects Sinner virtually to the number 24 of the world. Arriving in the final he would rise to position 21. If he were to win the tournament he would be even 14th. In short, the top 20 it now seems imminent. But what is most surprising is its position in the Race (the ranking that determines the eight qualified for the Finals at the end of the year). Sinner, to date, is at number 8. And in November the Atp Finals they will arrive in Italy, in Turin.
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