The China Open will not see the rematch of the US Open semifinals between Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev. And all because of Jannik Sinner. He defeated the Spaniard in the second semifinal of the Open 500, with a score of 7-6(4) and 6-1, in 1 hour and 55 minutes.
The Murcian and the Italian shared three wins each. It was time to break the tie and Jannik won, who would like to be Alcaraz because he already has two ‘Grand Slam’ titles.
The first seed in the draw won the draw again and for the fourth day in as many games he chose to subtract. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil seemed to go one step further from the start, with a ‘break’ in the opening game.
At eight minutes, Carlitos confirmed the break and the score was 2-0. He had two options for 3-0. “Up, up,” she demanded. Sinner was not going to give up so easily. After opening his locker, he tied the score at two.
The world number two stopped the reaction with a second break immediately afterwards. The remains were imposed on the serve. That is why the transalpine team equalized again at three games.
Jannik is one of the few who can withstand the right attacks of the young man from El Palmar.. In the maximum intensity races, Alcaraz’s bandage was visible on the thigh of his left leg, which has accompanied him since the round of 16 of the last United States Open.
Sinner needed 39 minutes to be ahead on the scoreboard. He dominated 4-3. The Spaniard lifted the Chinese fans from their seats, saving impossible balls from practically the billboard.
There was so much equality that logically the outcome had to end in sudden death. Alcaraz did the most difficult thing: He went from 5-2 and two serves from his opponent to serving with 5-4. The next two points went to Sinner, who scored the lead.
The Murcian also gave up his serve in the first game of the continuation. It could be a turning point. He made his problems with the network evident by shouting.
Jannik generated many free points with the first serve and that allowed him to confirm his income until 2-0.
Carlitos knew that he was facing his penultimate train. He had made two break options, but he couldn’t transform them. Sinner’s flat right, which barely gained height, was a real martyrdom and did not allow him to put together the plan of the plays.
The winner once again neutralized a 0-40 for two equals, which meant an injection of morale for him. Such even matches are usually decided by those small details: The 5/8 in break points of the transalpine contrasted with the 2/9 of his victim.
The defeat of the second ATP racket keeps Novak Djokovic with an income of 590 points at the head of the 2023 Race. That forces Alcaraz to make the final in the Shhangi Masters 1000which starts tomorrow, to regain the lead before returning to the old continent.
For its part, Sinner rises to fourth place in the ranking, his best classification as a professional. Anyone looking for a rivalry that could be compared to the one maintained by the members of the ‘Big Three’ already has it.
This is how the ATP ranking remains
Novak Djokovic 11,545
Carlos Alcaraz 8,715
Daniil Medvedev 7,490
Jannik Sinner 4,675
Stefanos Tsitsipas 4,615