M 1000.MIAMI OPEN by Emiliano Naftali
Daniil Medvedev has made it to his fifth consecutive ATP Tour final with a hard-fought win over fellow Russian Karen Khachanov at the Miami Open. Medvedev defeated Khachanov 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes, setting up a showdown with 10th seed Jannik Sinner. The last player to reach five consecutive finals on the ATP Tour was Ivan Lendl in 1981.
Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu has revealed that she has considered retiring from tennis. In the other semi-final of the Miami Open, Carlos Alcaraz and Sinner engaged in an intense battle, a rematch of their recent semi-final clash at Indian Wells. Sinner emerged victorious in a thrilling encounter, winning 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2.
Sinner initially took a 4-1 lead in the first-set tie-breaker, but Alcaraz rallied back to win the next six points and take the set 7-4. In the second set, Sinner went up 2-1 after a break, but Alcaraz once again levelled the score. Sinner eventually secured the decisive break to go up 5-4, and then served out the set to set up a decider.
In the third set, Alcaraz seemed to be struggling physically and Sinner quickly broke him before going up 2-0. Though Alcaraz mounted another comeback, Sinner ultimately prevailed, taking the set 6-3 for his first victory over Alcaraz on hard court and his first win over a world No. 1, setting up a showdown with Medvedev.
Medvedev had previously beaten Sinner in the final of Rotterdam and had also won titles in Doha and Dubai before his 19-match winning streak was ended by Alcaraz in the Indian Wells final.
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“In the second set I played one bad game, it was enough for him to win,” Medvedev told Amazon Prime. “Third set he had one break point [in the] first game, plays one bad game and it was enough for me to win, so I feel like it was a top match where sometimes it just happens – you can play one bad game in three sets and that’s what happened for both of us.”