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Jannik Sinner meets Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals of the Masters tournament in Indian Wells. © APA / MATTHEW STOCKMAN

A semi-final that has the character of a final

South Tyrol's best tennis player Jannik Sinner made it to the semi-finals of the Masters tournament in Indian Wells thanks to a victory over the Czech Jiri Lehecka. There he will now meet the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. The start time of the match was announced on Friday evening.

Carlos Alcaraz against Jannik Sinner: This duel is a real hit in the tennis world. After all, the numbers two (Alcaraz) and three (Sinner) in the world are playing against each other. This rivalry goes into the next round on Saturday. From 21.30 p.m. (CET) the two future hopes of the sport will play against each other in the semi-finals of the Masters Tournament 1000 in Indian Wells.

But this semi-final is about much more than reaching the final. It's also about second place in the ATP world rankings. Sinner has the chance to overtake Alcaraz - but to do that he has to beat him. If the Sexten player loses, he has no chance of second place. Not even if Alcaraz subsequently lost the final. The following applies to Sinner: If he wants to be the new number two in the world from Monday, he has to win the semi-final against the Spaniard and move into the final.

The duel of the giants

Jannik Sinner is the man of the hour in the tennis world. The man from Sexten has been unbeaten for an incredible 19 games, won the Australian Open in January and the tournament in Rotterdam in February and is now well on his way to becoming the new number two in the world. In the quarterfinals Sinner met the Czech Jiri Lehecka (ATP 32) and defeated him in two sets 6:3 and 6:3.

Carlos Alcaraz after his win against Alexander Zverev. © APA / MATTHEW STOCKMAN

Carlos Alcaraz, on the other hand, who currently holds the title of number two in the world, defeated Alexander Zverev (ATP 6) in two sets 6:3 and 6:1. The Spaniard also took revenge on Zverev, who threw him out of the tournament in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. At the quarter-finals in Indian Wells, they were particularly concerned a swarm of bees and a beekeeper for excitement.

In the previous duels between the two, the balance is even at 4:4. A year ago, Alcaraz won the Indian Wells semi-final against Sinner in straight sets. But it is also clear that the last two duels went to Sinner: both in Miami (April 2023, semi-final) and in Beijing (October 2023, semi-final), the man from Sexten retained the upper hand and defeated the Spaniard.

On Saturday we get down to business

Everything is in place for a truly top game. From 21.30 p.m. (CET) Sinner and Alcaraz will duel for a place in the final. The world number 4 will meet in the other semi-final. Daniil Medvedev and the US boy Tommy Paul face each other.


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