Watch: Jannik Sinner hits in Indian Wells with tournament director

Jannik Sinner is among the favorites in Indian Wells

by Jovica Ilic
Watch: Jannik Sinner hits in Indian Wells with tournament director
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World no. 3 Jannik Sinner will try to extend his perfect run in 2024 at the season's first Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells. Jannik trained in the desert on Friday, with the tournament director Tommy Haas standing across the net and striking his well-known one-handed backhands.

The young Italian has been a player of the season, conquering his first Major title at the Australian Open and backing it with the ATP 500 crown in Rotterdam. Janik is 7-2 in Indian Wells, reaching the fourth round two times before reaching the semi-final a year ago.

Sinner will have a chance to become world no. 2 after Indian Wells, defending 360 points against Carlos Alcaraz's 1000. Two rivals met in last year's semi-final, and the Spaniard scored a 7-6, 6-3 win after an hour and 52 minutes.

Jannik Sinner, Rotterdam 2024© Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos ousted Jannik for the third time in five duels, saving a set point in the opener and controlling the pace in set number two.

Alcaraz clinched four points more than Sinner, erasing one out of two break points and delivering two return games from six opportunities. The Spaniard led 4-2 in the first set before the Italian pulled the break back at love in game eight, locking the result at 4-4.

Alcaraz served to stay in the set in the 12th game and faced a set point. He denied it with a volley winner and claimed the tie break 7-4 with a backhand crosscourt winner. Carlos broke in the second game of the second set and served well, settling into a fine rhythm.

A teenager fired a service winner in the seventh game for 5-2 and punched a forehand down the line winner in the ninth game to seal the deal and move into the final. Sinner will be among the title favorites at this year's edition of Indian Wells.

The young Italian played well in the second part of 2023, losing two matches after Wimbledon and beating Novak Djokovic two times within ten days. Two rivals met in the Australian Open semi-final, with Jannik trying to become the first player with a win over Novak following the quarter-final stage in Melbourne.

Sinner produced a rock-solid 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 22 minutes, dethroning a ten-time champion and reaching his first Major final at 22.

Jannik Sinner, Rotterdam 2024© Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Jannik Sinner trained in Indian Wells with Tommy Haas.

Novak was far from his best, spraying over 50 unforced errors and failing to create a break chance for the first time in completed duels at Majors!

Jannik tamed his strokes nicely, delivering explosive tennis and clinching five breaks to make the difference. The Italian made a flying start, breaking the Serb four times in the opening two sets and closing them in 73 minutes.

Djokovic saved a break point early in the third set and recovered his game behind the initial shot to reach a tie break. Novak saved a match point and stole the breaker 8-6, extending the battle and his chances. However, Jannik left that setback behind and broke Novak once in the fourth set, serving well and firing a forehand down the line winner at 5-3 to move into the title clash.

Jannik SInner© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport

The young gun found himself in a challenging position against Daniil Medvedev before performing an incredible comeback. Jannik took down Daniil 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, celebrating his first Major title at 22.

Sinner kicked off his comeback in the closing stages of the third set, becoming Italy's first Major winner since 1976. Both players grabbed four breaks of serve, and Jannik distributed his return games when it mattered the most.

The more experienced player made a better start, serving well in the opener and moving in front with a double break. The Russian clinched almost half of the return points in the second set, turning them into two breaks and forging a massive two sets to love advantage.

With no room for errors, Jannik saved a break point in the ninth game of the third set and grabbed his first return game in the next one, clinching the set 6-4. Medvedev had the opportunity to move closer to the finish line at 3-3 in the fourth set.

Daniil sprayed a backhand error at 30-0 and wasted a break chance. Sinner stayed composed in that game and punished his rival with a break in game ten, introducing a decider after three hours and six minutes. The young gun clinched a break with a forehand winner in the sixth game, opening a 4-2 gap.

Sinner held in the next one with a service winner and served for the title at 5-3. Jannik made no mistakes in one of the crucial games of his career, firing a forehand winner to seal the deal and become a Major champion. A couple of weeks later, Sinner went all the way in Rotterdam, ousting Alex de Minaur in the final and lifting his second trophy of the season.

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