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Sinner downs Alcaraz to set up final with Medvedev

Updated on: 02 April,2023 07:50 AM IST  |  Miama
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Sinner will meet Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, while Alcaraz will lose his No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic. Medvedev reached his fifth straight ATP Tour final with a 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-3 win over fellow Russian Karen Khachanov

Sinner downs Alcaraz to set up final with Medvedev

Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev


Italy’s Jannik Sinner ended Carlos Alcaraz’s hopes of the “Sunshine Double” and his reign as World No. 1 triumphing 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 in their Miami Open semi-final on Friday. 


Sinner will meet Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, while Alcaraz will lose his No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic. Medvedev reached his fifth straight ATP Tour final with a 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-3 win over fellow Russian Karen Khachanov. 


The disappointment for the 19-year-old Alcaraz, the defending champion in Miami and coming off a title at Indian Wells, will be tinged with frustration after he struggled in the third set with leg cramps.


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It had been an enthralling and entertaining power-hitting performance from both men in the first set, won by the Spaniard after a tie-break, but an inspired Sinner fought back in the second. Sinner broke in the first game and although Alcaraz broke back to make it 2-2, the 21-year-old Italian sensed his moment was arriving and showed confidence in his powerful groundstrokes.

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova powered into the final of the WTA Miami Open on Friday with a straight sets victory over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea. Czech veteran Kvitova advanced to a Saturday showdown against Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina with a 7-5, 6-4 win in 1hr 41min.

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