Sinner, Medvedev To Meet For Rotterdam Title

by Staff | February 18th, 2023, 6:25 pm
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Jannik Sinner reached his second straight title match easing past home favorite Tallon Griekspoor 7-5, 7-6(7-5). The 21-year-old Sinner won the lone break point on the match to take the opening set. Then came through in the breaker.

The Italian dropped just seven points on his first serve, losing just two in the second set in this first-time meeting.

“I felt a lot of pressure today,” Sinner told the ATP. “I’m very happy with how I handled it, it was not easy from my side. I tried to play aggressive tennis. Sometimes I managed to do it, sometimes not, but this is part of the game.

“I’m very happy with how I played the tie-break also,” he said. “Very happy to be again in a final, and tomorrow is obviously going to be a tough, tough challenge.”

Sinner wins his seventh straight match and moves him into his 9th career final where he’ll face former No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.

The Russian rolled rolled former finalist Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-2. Medvedev, ranked 11th, broke Dimitrov six times in the match. From the 2nd game of the match, Medvedev ran off 8 straight games, then won the last four to reach his 28th career final.

“It was an amazing match,” said Medvedev to the ATP. “The score easy, but the match was not. I felt physically like I was playing five sets. Some amazing rallies. It was 2-2, 0/40 for him in the second ], so to manage to win it 6-2, just raise my level a little bit on serve and manage to keep consistent… He made a few more errors than he needed to make, and I’m happy with my level.”

Dimitrov won just 5 of 17 points on his second serve. He falls to 2-5 against Medvedev.

Tomorrow, with a first Rotterdam title on the line Medvedev and Sinner will collide for a fifth time with Medvedev having won all four. Medvedev is seeking a 16th ATP title, Sinner an 8th.

“He is very solid, he serves well,” said Sinner looking ahead. “To break him is very tough, and I need to serve very carefully and very bravely. I will have a chat with my team, and hopefully I can improve on the past meetings.”

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