“You are not human”. In the words of Alexander Bublik, the Kazakh tennis player eliminated in Miami by Jannik Sinner’s master strokes, there is all the homage to the young blue talent who, at the end of a very hard-fought competition-show, won his first semifinal in a Masters 1000. It finished 7-5 6-4 in just under two spectacular hours of play. Sinner has thus earned the coveted turnaround and the compliments of the bewildered rival, incredulous to find himself in front of a boy who plays like a veteran. “This victory means a lot, it wasn’t easy, it was the first time I played here, but the tournament is not over” said Sinner, exhausted but happy. “On Friday I will try to play my best tennis, I can’t wait to get back on the court”. On the other side of the net the South Tyrolean will find the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, n. 12 in the world, a bone that promises to be very hard: the Spaniard has in fact eliminated in the quarterfinals the number one favorite of the tournament, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (No. 2 in the ranking) with a score of 6-4 6-2. Sinner and Bautista Agut, however, already faced each other at the Dubai tournament two weeks ago and the Italian won in three sets. The premises are therefore positive, but there are many unknowns. The Spaniard is an experienced player, at 32 years old he is the oldest competing in the Miami tournament, and he is also in great shape in this first phase of the season, he also loves playing on the hard courts. And in Florida it is played precisely on the fast surface. Meanwhile, the young blue (19 years and 7 months) is enjoying his first satisfactions, waiting for others: the dream, together with the climb of the world ranking, is the first Grand Slam. Like Rafa Nadal in 2005 (aged 19 and 9 months) and Roger Federer in 2002, Sinner hit his first career semifinal in a Masters 1000 tournament in Florida. An appointment that seems to have a successful tradition for predestined young people. Furthermore, he is the second Italian ever to arrive among the best four in Miami after Fabio Fognini, semifinalist in 2017. With the success of Bublik, the blue player virtually leaps from position 31 to 24 in the world rankings. In the women’s field, the Greek Maria Sakkari (No. 20), after the surprising victory in the quarterfinals over the Japanese Naomi Osaka (No. 2 in the ranking), will face the Canadian Bianca Andreescu (No. 4) in the semifinal; in the other semifinal match between the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (n. 5) and the Australian n. 1 of the world Ashleigh Barty. Meanwhile, Italy tightens around its star: Sinner’s last obstacle in the race towards the final in Miami.
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