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Jannik Sinner is flying high in Melbourne. © APA/afp / DAVID GRAY

Set the alarm clock: Jannik Sinner asks for the early shift

Jannik Sinner has so far rushed through the Australian Open at a brisk pace. But now a top 15 player is trying to stand in his way. The duel for the quarter-finals takes place on Sunday morning (CET).

His third win without losing a set pushed Sinner into the fourth-to-last round of the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne on Friday. There he will meet the Russian Karen Khachanov, who is ranked 15th in the world and was in the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year.

“It will be a tough match. Every time we faced each other, they were long games,” said Sinner. In fact, the 22-year-old South Tyrolean only won the last two duels against Khachanov, who was five years older than him, in the deciding set; the first meeting between the two in 2020 at the US Open even went over five sets and found the brilliant winner in the Russian.

Sinner on good pavement

Khachanov's best world ranking so far was eighth place in 2019. The almost two-meter-tall Russian wants to get there again as quickly as possible. However, he would have to get rid of the extremely strong Sinner in Melbourne on Sunday. The duel takes place in the Margaret Court Arena, the second largest stadium in Melbourne Park, where Sinner has played all of his tournament games so far - and won all of them.

Karen Khachanov challenges Jannik Sinner. © ANSA / JOEL CARRETT

Whether Sinner remains unbeaten on this pitch will become clear on Sunday afternoon (local time). If you want to keep your fingers crossed for him at home, you have to get up early: the duel against Khachanov takes place at 6 a.m. European time. SportNews keeps its readers up to date with a live ticker.

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