Italian Jannik Sinner qualified for the Miami Masters 1000 semi-finals by defeating Emil Ruusuvuori in straight sets, while the clash between Carlos Alcaraz and Taylor Fritz was postponed due to rain.
Jannik Sinner is not in the race for the “Sunshine Double” like Carlos Alcaraz or Elena Rybakina, but the Italian player can boast of having reached the last four in Indian Wells and Miami this season, which is already not bad . After beating Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev, the still impressive world No. 11 had a quarter-final within his reach, against 54th Emil Ruusuvuori, whom he had already beaten four times, including twice in Miami, and he enforced the hierarchy.
The Italian won 6-3, 6-1 in 1:15, in a match that was long interrupted by rain. Jannik Sinner served 4 aces and 52% of first serves in this meeting and committed only 8 unforced errors (for 15 winning shots). Well above his opponent, he certainly had a break point to defend in the fourth game of the match (his only match), but he saved it, and followed up with a break at 2-2, then at 5-3, which allowed him to pocket the first set.
The program turned upside down by the rain
He took the Finn’s serve on his first chance in the second set to lead 2-0, and that’s when the rain set in. And after a two-hour break, the Italian resumed his march forward, signing another break at 4-1, to win his ticket for the semi-finals. He ends the match with a single point lost on his first serve! Finalist in 2021 for his first participation and quarter-finalist in 2022, Jannik Sinner will see the last four and virtually climb to 9th place in the world.
But he does not yet know his next opponent, since due to the rain, the night session has been canceled. Carlos Alcaraz and Taylor Fritz were therefore unable to fight it out, nor were Petra Kvitova and Ekaterina Alexandrova on the women’s side, which means that Sorana Cirstea does not know who she will face in the semi-finals either. The rain could do its thing again this Thursday in Miami, but the weekend should be sunnier.