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Sinner fights for his first final on grass

The chances that Jannik Sinner will make it to his first grass court final are high. The last hurdle: the Chinese Zhizhen Zhang.

The semifinals of the ATP 500 tournament in Halle/Westphalia start today at around 15 p.m. Sinner, who won yesterday in a hard-fought quarterfinal match against the German local hero Jan-Lennard Struff in 3 sets (click here for the report), will face Zhang for the first time in his career. The Chinese is number 42 in the world and defeated the American Christopher Eubanks (ATP 44) 6:4, 4:6, 7:5.

In yesterday's quarter-finals, Sinner was particularly careless in his handling of his chances. He was only able to convert 2 of 18 break points. The match went into a tiebreak twice. The 2-year-old from Sexten won the all-important tiebreak.

I think I was very strong mentally today. Jannik Sinner

"Anything can happen in the tiebreak. You play for 7 points. If you start on the wrong foot, you're very close to losing. I think I was very strong mentally today," Sinner said, analyzing the quarterfinals. He mastered difficult situations well. Now it's "a matter of seeing how things go in the semifinals," said the world number 1.

For Sinner, it would be the 18th final on the ATP Tour, but the first on grass. In the second semi-final, which begins today at 13 p.m., the German Alexander Zverev (ATP 2) and Sinner's friend Hurbert Hurkacz (ATP 5) will compete. Sinner had failed in the doubles match with the Pole (SportNews reported)The final will take place on Sunday (14 p.m.).

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