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Jannik Sinner believes that Carlos Alcaraz is already one of the best players in the world

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Jannik Sinner made a step forward in his pursuit of a spot in the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin after his 7-5 6-3 win over Casper Ruud in the quarter finals at the Erste Bank Open in Turin. 

 

“I think there was not a lot of rhythm in the match against Ruud, not so many exchanges. I served well especially on the key points. Obviously there was a lot of pressure on both sides. I am happy how I controlled the match emotionally and everything together. I would say it was a good match”, said Sinner. 

Sinner won 11 consecutive indoor matches this autumn season and claimed two ATP 250 titles in Sofia and Antwerp. His winning streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon, when he was beaten by Frances Tiafoe in three sets after 6-3 5-2. Despite the defeat against the US player Sinner has secured a spot in the top 10 for the first time on Monday. 

“The last couple of weeks indoors I have felt well. Obviously we can see that in the results as well, but every match is different. I have to stay focused, I have a goal in my mind in this sport and I think I am doing it in the right way”, said Sinner. 

Thanks to his win against Ruud, Sinner overtook Hubert Hurkacz and Rafael Nadal to move into the eighth and final qualifying spot in the ATP Race to Turin. 

During a very successful season 2021 season Sinner reached his first Masters 1000 final at the Miami Open, where he beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinal before finishing runner-up to his friend Hubert Hurkacz in the final. 

Last August Sinner beat Emil Ruusuvuori, Sebastian Korda, Jenson Brooksby en route to the final at the Citi Open in Washington. He defeated Mackenzie McDonald to win his third career title and his first ATP 500 trophy. Sinner was the first Italian champion in Washington tournament history as well as the youngest ATP 500 and first teenager champion since the category was created in 2009. 

At the US Open Sinner beat Gael Monfils in the third round to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the second time this season. Sinner lost to Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-4 7-6 in the fourth round. Sinner scored his second win against Monfils in the final of the Sofia Open defending the ATP 250 title in the Bulgarian capital. 

The Vienna Erste Bank Open tournament was also higlighted by another Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 in the Round of 16 and this year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) in the quarter final in Vienna this week. 

Sinner considers Alcaraz as one of the players to watch on the ATP Tour in the years to come. 

“Alcaraz is already one of the best players in the world. He is mentally strong, manages the game, gives the strength to the ball and moves very well”, said Sinner. 

Earlier this year Alcaraz made a major breakthrough, when he upset world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fifth-set tie-break en route to the US Open quarter final at the age of 18, becoming the youngest quarter final at the US Open and a Grand Slam tournament since Michael Chang at the 1990 US Open. The Spanish teenager clinched the 2021 Umag title to become the youngest ATP Tour champion since Kei Nishikori at 2008 Delray Beach and the youngest ATP champion from his country since Rafael Nadal at 2004 Sopot.

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Injured Bianca Andreescu retires From Semi-Final match In Hua Hin

The Canadian was looking to book a spot in her first WTA final of the year but was forced to retire after injuring her right shoulder.

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BIANCA ANDREESCU OF CANADA - PHOTO: ALBERTO NEVADO / MMO

Lesia Tsurenko booked her spot in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire whilst down 7-6, 4-0.

 

The first set was extremely tight with the first four games being breaks of serve. Andreescu got the crucial break to lead 5-3 and served for the first set but the Ukrainian fought back to level the set at 5-5. Then Tsurenko was the one to break serve but she was able to close out the first set.

After the opener, the semi-final clash went completely one-sided with Tsurenko taking over by winning four games off the trot before Andreescu decided to call it quits. The Canadian had a medical timeout during a second set changeover.

Tsurenko gave full credit to her opponent and despite the retirement says it was a very difficult match.

“Bianca is such an amazing player she said. She is capable of hitting all kinds of shots and gave so much trouble today”. She said.

Tsurenko is looking to win her fifth WTA title and will be playing in her first final since 2019 in Hua Hin. She faces the China’s Lin Zhu who earlier in the day beat the number seven seed Xinyu Wang 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes to book her spot in the final.

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The US team secure their spot in the Davis Cup Group Stage with a 4-0 win over Uzbekistan

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Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek beat Uzbekistan’s Sayniar Fayziev and Sergey Fomin 6-2 6-4 after just 52 minutes in the doubles match of the best-of five qualifier to secure the US team a spot in the 2023 Davis Cup Group Stage. 

 

Ram and Krajicek broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. The US team earned an immediate break in the first game and held their service games to win the second set 6-4. Ram praised the Uzbek team after the match. 

“Rankings-wise the Uzbek opponents are the underdogs. They are not the favourites in this match, but even in the singles they tried their best and they really fought until the end and that’s a pretty good quality to have. It helps you win matches you are not supposed to win”, said Ram. 

Denis Kudla beat Amir Milushev 6-4 6-4 to complete the 4-0 sweep.

The US team did not drop a set in four matches this weekend. 

The previous day Davis Cup rookie Mackenzie McDonald secured the first point for the US team with a 6-4 6-1 win over Fomin before Australian Open semifinalist Tommy Paul came back from 0-4 down in the second set to beat Khumoyun Sultanov 6-1 7-6 (8-6).

“I was excited to see Raj and Austin play today.They have practiced well all week. They had five great days of preparation and as anticipated they came out really sharp and got the early break in the first set. After that it was like two freight trains, there was no stopping them”, said US team captain David Nainkin.

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Cameron Norrie draws Great Britain level to 1-1 against Colombia

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Colombia and Great Britain have drawn level to 1-1 after the first two singles matches on the opening day of the Davis Cup Qualifier at altitude on clay in Bogotà. 

 

Colombia’s Nicholas Mejia clinched the first top 100 win of his career with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory against Daniel Evans after 2 hours and 31 minutes. 

Mejia fended off three break points in the first game of the third set. The 22-year-old Colombian player was not able to convert on two break points as Evans held serve in a marathon game to level to 4-4. 

Mejia sealed the win over Evans with his third break in the final game thanks to a backhand passing shot.

“The key to victory ? The attitude, the dedication, not getting nervous more than necessary. I have also learned a lot from previous defeats. I wanted to go out and win. I was not going to give them anything. I am very happy for the point that I was able to give to Colombia. There is a long way to go to think about victory”, said Mejia in the post-match interview. 

Cameron Norrie overcame Nicolas Barrientos 6-2 7-5 in the second singles rubber to level the tie at 1-1. 

Norrie earned an early break at the start of the first set. The British player closed out the first set 6-2 with a double break in the seventh game. 

Norrie started the second set with an immediate break in the first game. Barrientos broke straight back with his first break of the match in the second game to draw level to 1-1. The Colombian player earned five break points on return at 1-2, but Norrie held serve at deuce in a hard-fought fourth game. 

Barrientos earned another break point at 2-3, but Norrie saved it to hold serve. Norrie earned the crucial break in the 11th game to close out the second set 7-5 after a missed volley from Barrientos. 

“Especially given that we are the away team, they have got a huge advantage with us coming here on clay, at altitude, with the fans out there. That’s why we love it and that’s why we are out here playing. I really enjoyed the match today and I can improve on a lot of things going into tomorrow. I was able to put enough balls in the court to get over the line”, said Norrie. 

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