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Jannik Sinner Reaches Nitto ATP Finals After Downing Medvedev

Jannik Sinner provided delight for the Italian crowd after reaching the final at the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Jannik Sinner is into the final of the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in his career after a 6-3 6-7(4) 6-1 victory over Daniil Medvedev.

The Italian produced a dominant final set to be one win away from the biggest title of his career.

Sinner will play Carlos Alcaraz or Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday in a mouth-watering final.

Early signs showed that this was going to be a highly competitive contest as Medvedev produced some high quality shot-making from the baseline.

Medvedev’s attacking intent in the opening few games was rewarded in the third game as he created a break point opportunity.

However that’s when Sinner raised his game as he has done all week as he produced big serves and finished points efficiently with his forehand.

The patience from the baseline mixed with producing a variety of depths and paces from the baseline was rewarded in the following game as the Italian converted his first break point to take a 3-1 lead.

Sinner proved deadly on serve as he never gave the former champion a chance to set the tempo of the match on return.

There was good aggression from Medvedev after going 4-1 down but the point construction from the world number three left a lot to be desired as Sinner continued to pick him off at the net.

A convincing final game was produced from the Italian as an unreturnable first serve sealed the opening set 6-3 in 46 minutes.

There needed to be a response from Medvedev in the second set in order to turn the match around the former US Open champion started to dictate play a lot more from the baseline as he suffocated the attack of Sinner.

The rallies became longer as Medvedev started to have more joy on return but Sinner wasn’t phased by the challenge as he continued to remain patient throughout the match.

Both players continued to find ways of being efficient on serve as the second set grew with tension as Medvedev was clearly the player who was more aggressive in longer rallies.

Medvedev’s forehand became more vicious and proactive in the second set as he looked to deal the killer blow in the second as he created a break point eighth game.

Once again Sinner went toe-to-toe with Medvedev’s game and came out on top as he remained firm as he held for 4-4 and threatened with the vital blow in the next game.

However Medvedev continued to hold firm as the third seed’s aggression was rewarded with a second set tiebreak as both players produced a high quality set of tennis.

Medvedev was the slightly better and more efficient player in the second set with evidence of that being a dominant tiebreak which he claimed 7-4 to level the match at one set all.

After an impressive set of tennis, Medvedev went off for a medical-time out and as he returned was greeted with jeers.

Medvedev and the crowd had several arguments during a deciding set that was dominated by the Italian for the most part.

Sinner was the more aggressive and creative player as the Italian continued to dominate the tempo through his forehand as he took a 3-0 lead.

The former champion did his best to suffocate Sinner’s attacking quality but ultimately the Italian was always one step ahead as another blistering groundstroke found its mark to secure a 5-1 lead.

A barrage of backhands from Sinner secured an incredible victory as he moved into the final of the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in his career.

After the match Sinner described his emotions after reaching the final in Turin, “It’s an incredible feeling,” Sinner explained in his post-match interview.

“Today was a really tough match. I felt like he was playing more aggressively, especially during the first set. But somehow I managed to break and from that point, I felt a little bit better. the second set was really tight and he played a very good tiebreak. then in the third, I just tried to be a little bit more aggressive and mixed up my game a little. I am happy to be in the final.”

One away from the biggest title of his career, Sinner will now face either Novak Djokovic or Carlos Alcaraz for the title on Sunday.

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Caroline Wozniacki’s Father Criticises WTA For Lack Of Help For Mothers On Tour

Caroline Wozniacki was not given a wildcard for Rome or Roland Garros.

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Piotr Wozniacki has labelled the WTA as ‘amateur’ for their treatment of mothers on tour as he claims that Caroline Wozniacki should have had more wildcards.

The former Australian Open champion has played ten events since she announced her comeback last year.

Wozniacki has recovered her ranking to 117 in the world and her comeback has resulted in a fourth round appearance at the US Open as well as a quarter-final result at Indian Wells.

However the Dane has not been successful in gaining wildcards recently with both Rome and Roland Garros not offering Wozniacki one.

It’s a decision that Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, has not been happy with as he explained with Sport.PL, “The WTA believes that it is operating in an amateur fashion in the world of the largest professional women’s sport of all sports in the world. They sign contracts with the players and the players are obliged to do certain things under these contracts. And what do they get? Nothing, really nothing!” Piotr was quoted by tennisuptodate as saying.

“All wild cards, and there were 8 of them, were given to the Italians. I understand promoting their players, but how can you give the right to play in a tournament of this rank to such girls who should not even think that they could play in a Masters yet?

“Caroline was number one in her ranking. She won a Grand Slam tournament, won the Masters, played in almost 60 finals of their tournaments and won 30. So we are talking about a complete tennis player, someone who did a great job, who certainly increased the popularity of tennis, who earned a lot of money herself, but let them earn money. even much more.

“And it turns out that when someone like Caroline Wozniacki comes back as Caroline Wozniacki and family, she is no longer welcome. We can’t even prepare Caroline’s starting plan! We train, we prepare, and it turns out that there is nothing to do.

“This is happening because today in tennis everything is based only on relationships, on acquaintances, and not on clear rules. The thing is that if we know the organizers or tournament directors, we get a chance to play, but if we don’t know someone somewhere, they don’t want us there.

“Naturally, after the maternity break, my daughter had zero points. It takes a lot of time to start from scratch and reach the top, but we would do it patiently, but how can we do it when you don’t let a girl like that work for it? The rules in tennis today are such that there is no longer a mandatory wild card for someone who was once in the top 20, had a long break and came back.

“This card was really helpful for tennis players coming back after having a baby and for those coming back from serious injuries. And now Caroline, Angelique Kerber or Naomi Osaka are dependent only on someone else’s decisions. Since last year, all wild cards are the property of the tournaments, and the WTA washes its hands of them.”

It’s clear the Wozniacki family is disappointed as the Dane could be set to cancel her comeback next year.

However there is optimism that Wozniacki will receive one at Wimbledon as she has had past success on grass courts.

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Iga Swiatek Demolishes Aryna Sabalenka To Seal Third Rome Title

Iga Swiatek claimed her third Rome title after a dominant victory over Aryna Sabalenka.

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Iga Swiatek claimed her third Rome title by dominating Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-3 to send a big message of intent ahead of Roland Garros.

The world number one completed the Madrid and Rome double with a sensational performance.

Now Swiatek is the titleholder for the three biggest clay court titles as she will aim to defend her Roland Garros title.

The contest was a rematch from the Madrid final but this was far from the three hour contest that was produced in Spain.

Swiatek raised her level of play while Sabalenka committed way too many unforced errors throughout the contest.

The Pole broke on two occasions to wrap up a comfortable 37 minute set as her forehand was doing a lot of damage.

There was a comeback in the second set from the Australian Open champion as she produced effortless and consistent power, making the second set very competitive.

The world number one was forced to save break points as she just managed to be more stable on big moments.

A more controlled second set from Swiatek was rewarded towards the end of the set as once again Sabalenka crumbled under pressure when it mattered.

Two late breaks of serve completed the Swiatek surge as the Pole enters the second Grand Slam of the season in dominant form.

As for Sabalenka it’s a disappointing performance that she will look to put right at Roland Garros.

Roland Garros starts on the 26th of May where Swiatek is defending champion.

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Internazionali d’Italia Daily Preview: Sascha Zverev Plays Nicolas Jarry for the Men’s Singles Championship

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Sunday features three championship matches: the finals in men’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles.

On Sunday in Rome, Sascha Zverev will play for his first Masters 1000 title in over two years, while Nicolas Jarry will play in his first-ever final above ATP 250 level.  Zverev leads their head-to-head 4-2, but they are tied at 2-2 on clay.  Which man will walk away with the title?


Sascha Zverev (3) vs. Nicolas Jarry (21) – Not Before 5:00pm on Center Court

Zverev is 27-9 this season, and lost only one set on his way to this championship match.  That came in the semifinals against another Chilean, Alejandro Tabilo.  This is Sascha’s first ATP final since September of last year, and he’s playing for his first Masters 1000 title since 2021 in Cincinnati.  Zverev will soon go on trial in his home country of Germany, as he faces charges of domestic abuse.

Just like eventual champion Andrey Rublev in Madrid, Jarry arrived in Rome on a four-match losing streak.  And he had never advanced beyond the quarterfinals at a Masters 1000 tournament, so this result is quite surprising.  But 28-year-old Jarry is a tall presence (6’7”) who thumps the ball.  As per Tennis Channel, he was averaging 89 mph on his forehand during his three-set semifinal victory over Tommy Paul.  Nico has claimed a trio of three-setters on the way to the biggest match of his career, most notably upsetting Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.

Zverev certainly has a huge edge in experience at this level, and in finals.  This is his 33rd ATP final, where he holds a record of 21-11.  And it’s his 11th Masters 1000 final, where he is 5-5.  Jarry has only previously appeared in six finals, all at 250-level, where he is 3-3.  But clay is the Chliean’s specialty, as all seven of his career finals have come on this surface.

Yet sometimes experience has a negative impact, particularly when you have suffered some painful losses.  Zverev has lost four of his last six Masters 1000 finals, and he is infamously 1-6 in Major semifinals.  So he has a lot of recent scar tissue from high-profile matches.

In that way, Jarry may benefit from a lack of experience.  While he’ll certainly be nervous on this big occasion, Nico has displayed plenty of confidence and composure against more experienced players throughout this event.  And he owns two prior victories over Zverev.  But when these two met in another final, five years ago in Geneva, Sascha saved two championship points to prevail.  That’s a result that sticks with both players throughout their rivalry.

However, I’m picking Jarry to pull off the upset and win the biggest title of his career on Sunday.  Zverev has a history of getting tight and playing more defensively in crucial moments.  Jarry’s aggressive mindset can take full advantage of such passive play.  And with so many top ATP players currently battling injuries, Zverev will likely feel a lot of pressure to win this title ahead of Roland Garros, especially as the much higher seed on this day.


Other Notable Matches on Sunday:

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (1) vs. Marcelo Arevalo and Mate Pavic – The top seeds are playing for their sixth Masters 1000 title as a team, and own a record of 5-1 in finals at this level.  Arevalo and Pavic are vying for the first Masters 1000 title of their new partnership for 2024.  Both teams are yet to drop a set this fortnight. 

Coco Gauff and Erin Routliffe (3) vs. Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini – This is the first tournament for the team of Gauff and Routliffe, though both have won big doubles titles with other partners.  This is the biggest final to date for the Italian team of Errani and Paolini, though Errani won five WTA 1000 doubles titles alongside Roberta Vinci a decade ago, while Paolini won the WTA 1000 event in Dubai earlier this year in singles.


Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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