Jannik Sinner, number four in the rankings at the age of 22, re-engaged the Italian people with the sport of racket. Since the times of Nicola Pietrangeli(sixties) and Adriano Panata (seventy) that nothing like it had been seen.
A country that lives from and for football has its eyes on Turin’s Alpitour today.
In the capital of the Piedmont region Party atmosphere with Sinner qualifying for the ATP Finals final.
The Transalpine, the only undefeated player in the tournament and with winnings reaching $2,600,500surpassed this Saturday Daniil Medvedev, 6-3, 6-7(4) and 6-1, in 2 hours and 29 minutes.
He’s just dusting off the history books of Italian tennis. It is the local team with the most matches won in a single season in the Open Era (61), the first to be a semi-finalist in a Masters and is now a pioneer in the fight for the masters title.. No one has won more indoors in 2023: 17 wins and a single defeat for Medvedev in the Rotterdam final.
Sit back and wait for the winner of the second semi-final to face off tonight from 9pm, for Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.
I have noticed an incredible energy in the stands
Sinner, limping on his back from the third round robin match with Holger Rune, had to save a first broken ball in the third game.
He took away all the pressure he had inside with a ‘break’ right after. It is clear that he measured Medvedev. The first six faces between the two fell on the Russian side and the last three went to the Transalpine side. Before Turin, he won the finals in Beijing and Vienna.
Equality between the two protagonists was maintained in the second set. The serves prevailed over the others because the ball barely went up.
The Muscovite had his chance with a break point at 4-3. His opponent decided to take a risk with a throw-in and it worked. The result was sudden death.
Medvedev signed the equaliser, but something was noticed in his leg and he had to be attended to in the dressing room. When he returned, he was no longer the same.
Medvedev, one less rival
Daniil’s defeat eliminates him from the race to be first in points at the Masters 1000 and ATP Finals tournaments. There is a bonus of 20 million dollars to be distributed among the top 30 placed. The leader of this ranking is Alcaraz and can only be surpassed by Sinner if the Murcian falls with Djokovic and the Italian is crowned on the fast track in Turin.
It is worth remembering that Medvedev took the biggest bonus (600 thousand dollars), as he was the one who obtained the best results in the 500 category tournaments. Sinner came second, taking a purse of 300 thousand dollars and Carlitos, in third, with a prize of 200 thousand. dollars.