The great show of strength shown by Jannik Sinner against the Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round of the Miami Open 2022, ATP Master 1000 amazes and impresses the entire ATP Tour: despite a very complicated situation (under 5-2 in the decisive third set), the South Tyrolean managed to recover the heavy passive and win a crazy confrontation, in front of a wild crowd in the stands, which was exalted and not a little during the three hours.
The greatest merit of the blue is having canceled 5 match points, in addition to the 3 canceled in the debut match with the Finnish Ruusuvuori. The talented 20-year-old did not offer his best tennis in either of the two games, also due to a physical condition not at the top, but he showed how he is a mature athlete and of great depth on a mental level, putting highly respected opponents in crisis such as the Iberian.
An important injection of confidence for the boy trained by Simone Vagnozzi, who suffered so much at his corner during the entire race, who will now have to try to raise his level of play and change gear to fight and give danger to a hard time Australian Nick Kyrgios.
The main factor, in addition to the service (in recovery in the final game), will be to limit the free errors, really too many in the first two outings in Florida.
Match point, the Big Three behind Sinner
In the 18-20 age range, Sinner won 6 matches by canceling at least one match point to his opponent (14 overall).
Three comparisons this season, given that even in Dubai the South Tyrolean denied Davidovich Fokina the joy of success three times before triumphing. At that age, in this special ranking, the Big Three are behind the Italian: the data collected and published by the journalist Luca Fiorino certify the 'superiority' of the Italian.
Roger Federer won the same matches in this type of situation, but canceled 10 match points, four fewer than Sinner. 3 statements for Rafael Nadal, with 4 last-minute bailouts. Only two for Novak Djokovic, with 8 match points canceled.
A statistic that gives even more value to the victories of the number 11 in the world, who needs to maintain this continuity of results to stay close to the top 10, perhaps suffering less than expected.