Sinner Knocks Out Rublev, Meets Medvedev in Vienna Final


Second seed Jannik Sinner flipped the script to overcome World No. 5 Andrey Rublev in straight sets, reaching the Erste Bank Open final, his fourth of the season against title defender Daniil Medvedev, the sixth this year, Saturday in Vienna.

World number four Jannik Sinner became the first Italian in the Open Era (since 1968) to record the most wins (55) in a single season by overcoming third seed Andrey Rublev 7-5, 7-6(5) in their semifinal clash after one hour and 49 minutes on Saturday.

The 22-year-old displayed an impressive performance, fighting back from a 2-5 deficit to claim the first set 7-5.

Looking to recover lost ground, Rublev applied pressure over his opponent from the off of an intense second set.

Nevertheless, the Italian held his nerve, keeping the score tight at 4-4, and then he converted his first breakpoint, inching ahead 5-4.

Serving out for the match, the 9-time ATP winner saved four breakpoints but failed to halt the Moscow native late charge, whose efforts paid off, forcing a tiebreaker.

Fine margins separated the players through the second set tiebreak, which eventually Sinner took 7-6(5) to secure his place in the championship match.

The San Candido-born player finished with 26 winners, earning 82 percent of the first serve points, saving four of six breakpoints he faced throughout the contest.

The man who has lifted three trophies this season in Beijing, Toronto, and Montpellier will face for the fourth time in 2023 defending champion Medvedev on Sunday’s final.

The rock-solid top seed beat World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6(6) after one hour and 44 minutes, bidding to retain the crown at the ATP 500 tournament, clinching his 65th triumph of the season in the process.

After the encounter against the Greek player, Medvedev asserted: “I served well throughout the whole match. In general, I am happy with how I served and put pressure on him on a lot of points.

I had a lot of opportunities, and he played well on them too. Generally, this pressure paid off at the end of the match.”

As of today, the 27-year-old captured all of his 20 singles titles on tour at different events, including his 2021 US Open crown.

The former world number one leads the young Italian 6-1 in their series, having met for the last time early in October at the China Open final when Sinner triumphed 7-6(2), 7-6(2).

Sinner and Medvedev have already qualified for the season-ending event, the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals, staged in Turin, Italy, from 12-19 November.

Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Rublev have also guaranteed their spot; only three singles places remain available in Turin.

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