Jannik Sinner, quantity 4 within the rating on the age of twenty-two, has reconnected the Italian individuals to the game of tennis. Not because the instances of Nicola Pietrangeli (Sixties) and Adriano Panatta (Seventies) has something like this been seen.
A rustic that lives by and for soccer has its sights set on the ATP Finals in Turin in the mean time.
Within the capital of the Piedmont area there’s a festive ambiance with Sinner’s qualification for the ultimate of the ATP Finals.
The Italian, the one unbeaten participant within the match and with earnings of $2,600,500, equal to successful a Grand Slam, beat Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 in 2 hours and 29 minutes on Saturday.
He’s simply dusting off the Italian tennis historical past books. He’s the native participant with essentially the most matches received in a single season within the Open Period (61), the primary to be a Masters semi-finalist and now a pioneer in combating for the Masters title. Nobody has received extra indoors in 2023: 17 wins and only one loss with Medvedev within the Rotterdam remaining.
Sinner, limping with a foul again because the third sport of the spherical robin with Holger Rune, needed to save a primary break ball within the third sport.
He took all of the strain off himself with a break instantly afterwards. The primary six matchups between the 2 fell on the Russian aspect and the final three have been for the transalpine. Earlier than Turin he received the finals in Beijing and Vienna.
He awaits the winner of the second semi-final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic tonight at 21.00 with 1000 factors in his pocket.
The stability between the 2 gamers was maintained within the second set. They imposed their serve on each other.
The Russian had his likelihood with a break level at 4-3. His opponent determined to take a raffle by going for the net-serve and it labored out effectively. The match went to sudden demise.
Medvedev levelled issues however he felt one thing in his leg and needed to be handled within the locker room. Within the restart he was not the identical.
Medvedev, one much less opponent
Daniil’s defeat eliminates him from the race for first in Masters 1000 and ATP Finals factors. There’s a $20 million bonus to be shared among the many prime 30. The chief of that rating is Alcaraz and will solely be overtaken by Sinner if the Spaniard falls to Djokovic and the Italian is topped on the quick floor in Turin.
It’s price remembering that Medvedev did take the very best bonus ($600,000) as he was the perfect performer within the 500 class tournaments. Sinner was second with a handbag of $300,000 and Carlitos, third, with a prize of $200,000.