Sixth seed Jannik Sinner rallied to overcome World No. 19 Grigor Dimitrov in three sets, securing his place in the semifinals at the China Open on Monday night.
A thrilling contest between World No. 7 Jannik Sinner and 8-time ATP titlist Grigor Dimitrov wrapped up the semifinal action on Monday night in Beijing.
The box office clash saw the Italian fighting back from a set down to edge the in-form Bulgarian player 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 after two hours and 31 minutes on Diamond Court.
The 22-year-old, who has not felt at 100 percent physically, found a way to recover after dropping the second set, sealing his 47th triumph this season in the decider over the former world number three.
In his on-court interview, the sixth seed commented: “I had one game 15/40, one game 0/40 where I made some unforced errors, and he also played quite aggressively. This is tennis.
“Obviously, it’s easier if you take those chances… in the third set, I thought I handled the situation well, especially when serving at a tough moment at 4-2. I’m very happy to be in the next round.”
The resilient Italian fended off 7 of 8 breakpoints and converted only 3 of the 15 opportunities he had, eight alone in an erratic second set display.
Next, he will face top seed Carlos Alcaraz in their seventh meeting on tour; their series is even 3-3, having met for the last time last March at the Miami Open semifinals, a matchup the San Candido-born took in three sets.
Earlier on Monday, playing for the first time on Lotus Court, Alcaraz notched a 6-4, 6-2 win over seventh seed Casper Ruud, progressing into his 12th semifinal of the year in 14 tour-level events.
“I am very happy,” the 20-year-old said after the match. “To be able to beat a player like Casper in straight sets is really good. It means you are playing well.”
Adding: “It is really tough, big rallies at the beginning of the match, but I am really happy with the level. Being able to find solutions after the start of the first set. These kind of matches give you extra confidence.”
The World No. 2, who did not drop a set en route to the last four, regrouped after making a slow start to the opener, which saw him down on the scoreboard 0-3, broken early in the first game.
Despite continuing to deliver some of his best tennis, Ruud, a three-time Slam finalist, could not halt the former world number one recovery, who produced a straight-set win after one hour and 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, second seed Daniil Medvedev, making his maiden appearance on the Diamond Court against Frenchman Ugo Humbert, who stunned Andrey Rublev in his previous round, found in the World No. 36 a challenging adversary.
Nonetheless, the Moscow native overall performance was enough to beat Humbert, 25, for the first time in their third encounter.
In 2023, Medvedev, who has earned five of his 20th career titles, prevailed over the left-handed with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
“I’m kind of happy that I managed to raise my level in important moments, except a game in the second set,” he asserted.
“It’s great that I managed to still find in this tough match these moments of consistency, which is enough to win. That’s what you have to do.”
“I am happy to be in the semifinals. When you come to the tournament, you always want to go as far as possible. Happy to still be here tomorrow. The further we go, the tougher the matches and the tougher the opponents. That’s normal.”
Medvedev will square off eighth seed Alexander Zverev, who advanced to his 60th tour-level semifinal after surviving Chile’s Nicolas Jarry test, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3 after two hours and 21 minutes.
Zverev is having a consistent second half of the season, having captured two titles on his way back to the top 10.
Last week, he claimed his 21st career title in Chengdu before heading to Beijing, extending his winning streak to seven matches.
After three tough three-setters, losing an opening-set tie-break in his first two rounds, the German will need to bring nothing but his best to challenge Medvedev for a place in the final.