Bautista congratulates Sinner after the game in Miami.Geoff Burke / Reuters
He is 19 years old, but Jannik Sinner, that gigantic freckled man who gave Rafael Nadal a hard time half a year ago in the early hours of Paris, achieves that which is so complicated : make the difficult easy. Play the Italian as if you were a veteran, as if it were made of another pasta and as if you have been on the circuit all your life. But no. His head has just been poked out. And be careful, because it comes like a cyclone. Ask if not Roberto Bautista , who started the Miami semifinal fabulously and in the end went arms akimbo: What could have happened to make this escape me? The answer is simple: Sinner. 5-7, 6-4 and 6-4, in 2h 28m.
Del Potro, from martyrdom to martyrdom
Historic shocker at the Miami Masters
The Castellón came from knocking down Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals, emotionally launched by the victory before number two, but ran into a boy who aims very high. The history of this Masters says that Andre Agassi (19), Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic (19) did mischief when they were also breaking the shell, so the present forces us to take note. The Italian, who does not look like it – red-haired, electric white skin and cold as a Nordic -, has just around the corner the possibility of adding his third trophy in the elite and the first in an entire Masters 1000 stage. , Rublev or Hurkacz.
Bautista arrived on notice. Sinner had beaten him in Dubai, three rounds, and the script was repeated. The Spanish started well, winning the first set after an exchange of breaks, but in the second he lost his lucidity at a key moment, when in the seventh game he had a favorable 0-40 and a fourth break option. They all disappeared and the Italian, who in addition to hitting knows how to fight, counterattacked with everything to balance a duel that was introduced into a more physical territory. A priori, Bautista, 32 years old and logically much more done, had everything to win. However, it punctured and deflated.
Although he took a blow in the third game, Sinner (already 21 in the world) recovered (from 2-1 down to 4-3 face) and sailed better between the wind and the ups and downs of the final stretch, from tug to tug one and the other. To which he had a frank option to close the duel, he did it: crossed backhand, like a meteorite, and in pursuit of his third trophy on the ATP circuit after those of Sofia (2020) and Melbourne, the latter at the beginning of course. He returned to show his catalog and anticipate intentions, while Bautista, 12 winning shots to 37 by his rival, lacked an edge on his fang.
BARTY-ANDREESCU, FEMALE FINALA
In the women's tournament, Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu will measure this Saturday for the title (19.00, Movistar + Sports). The number one beat Elina Svitolina by a double 6-3 in the semifinals, while the Canadian, who dropped Sara Sorribes in the quarterfinals, eliminated the Greek Maria Sakkari in the penultimate season 7-6 (7), 3 -6 and 7-6 (4) .
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