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Jannik Sinner is in the final. © APA / BRENNAN ASPLEN

“I couldn’t sleep”: Sinner’s Déjà vu in Miami

The Masters 1000 tournament in Miami can confidently be described as Jannik Sinner's favorite tournament. No tennis player in Florida had ever reached three finals before his 23rd birthday. Before the final on Sunday, the South Tyrolean remembered his first final and the emotions associated with it.

The year was 2021 when Jannik Sinner experienced the first big highlight of his career. In Miami, the Sesto native, who was then coached by Riccardo Piatti, reached his first Masters final. The game was not played in the Hard Rock Arena, but on an outdoor court. Sinner lost to his good friend Hubert Hurkacz 6:7 and 4:6.

“I couldn't sleep before this final,” Sinner said on Friday at the press conference after his easy victory over Daniil Medvedev. The same Medvedev who put him in his place in last year's Miami final. “I was already relaxed there and hope that I can deal with the situation even better this year.”

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The protégé of Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi said about the match: “I started very solidly in both sets. He missed some balls that he normally puts in the field. If he takes advantage of the break chances in the first and second sets, everything looks completely different. “I played very carefully tactically today,” Sinner said with satisfaction. The man from Sexten also explained how he turned the 0-6 record against the Russian on its head. “Daniil made me a better player. He forced me to find new ways. Now I throw in the serve and volley and can take part in long rallies. It’s important what lessons you learn from your defeats.”

Serve as key

The shot that impressed Medvedev the most was Sinner's serve. “In the moments where I had a small chance, he always served on the lines. When he plays like that, it's difficult for every opponent. I just wasn’t good enough today.” Sinner said there was hard work behind the service. “The serve was always the ball that I had the most trouble with. I also didn't have the physical prerequisites to serve hard and precisely. I’ve taken a big step forward in the last year and a half.”

Daniil Medvedev had to acknowledge Sinner's superiority. © APA / AL BELLO

Not least thanks to the improved service, Sinner has matured into an absolute top player. On Sunday, the Sesto native could set the next milestone in his career if he wins the final. Then he would overtake Carlos Alcaraz in the world rankings and become the new number 2 in the world. The opponent in the final is Grigor Dimitrov, who prevailed against Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.


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