Jannik Sinner overtakes Andrey Rublev to reach second consecutive ATP Masters 1000 QF | ATP circuit

In a Thursday clash between two of the 2022 ATP Tour’s in-form players of the 2022 season, Jannik Sinner pulled off an inspired turnover against Andrey Rublev to reach the quarter-finals of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters for the first time, at the great pleasure of the Monegasque crowd.

“It’s very, very special for me to play here,” Sinner said of the electric atmosphere at Court Rainier III. “Obviously many, many Italians [in the] crowd. It’s incredible.”

With a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 win, Sinner improves to 19-3 on the year while 2021 Monte Carlo runner-up Rublev drops to 19-5. The Italian has now reached the last eight in consecutive ATP Masters 1000 events following his run in Miami in March.

After being forced out with a blister on his foot in his Miami quarter-final against Francisco Cerundolo, Sinner was given a medical timeout early in the second set to have his right toe re-dressed. But he managed to overcome any discomfort to score what ended as a convincing win to close out the day’s game in Monaco.

“I know blisters pretty well now,” he said after the match, ahead of his quarter-final clash with second seed Alexander Zverev. “I don’t think it’s a concern. We have to deal with it a bit, obviously, but let’s see… Tomorrow is an important game.”

Both Sinner and Rublev showed great attacking intent throughout, punishing short balls without mercy, but the Italian’s defense and recovery increasingly frustrated his opponent as the game progressed. was advancing.

After appearing to struggle with his movement late in the first set, Sinner showed no signs of slowing down after taking the initiative in the second. He looked really in danger after dropping serve in the opener of the second set – a repeat of his early game – but found a new level to dominate the game, finishing with 35 winners.

“It was tough. I tried to play every point,” Sinner assessed. “I know him quite well. He plays a lot of the forehand. I tried to move him around a bit.”


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After winning six straight to win the second, including a nine-game point streak, Sinner took the lead twice in the decider. His second break of the set definitely put him ahead, and his seventh break of the game closed out the win after two hours and 20 minutes.

Sinner, a Miami quarter-finalist each of the past two years, is in his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final on clay. He has already reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals in his young career, at Roland Garros in 2020 and in January at the Australian Open.

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