Two young players born in 2000 and 2001 will compete in the Citi Open semi-final on Saturday following the rock-solid quarter-final victories. World no. 24 Jannik Sinner came to Washington after four straight defeats and found the form in the American capital to advance into the fourth semi-final of the season.
Jannik ousted Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 11 minutes, losing 12 points in nine service games and fending off all three break chances to keep the pressure on the other side. The Italian fired 20 winners and 13 unforced errors, playing well on both serve and return and securing three breaks to control the scoreboard.
In the third game, Johnson survived two break chances to avoid an early exit before Sinner broke him at 2-2 when the American sent a forehand long. The Italian held at love to cement the advantage and fended off a break chance at 4-3 with a forehand winner to remain in front.
Serving for the set at 5-4, Sinner held at love to grab the opener and gain momentum ahead of set number two. Steve wasted two break chances in the second game, and they would cost him dearly, as he failed to create more damage on the return in the rest of the set.
Jannik broke him in game three following a double fault and forged a 4-1 gap when Steve hit another double fault.
Jannik Sinner and Jenson Brooksby are through to the Washington semi-final.
Serving for the victory at 5-2, Jannik held at 15 to race into the semis, where he faces the young American Jenson Brooksby.
Ranked 130th, Jenson is through to his second ATP semi-final within a few weeks after Newport, playing on a high level and ousting John Millman 6-1, 6-2 in 67 minutes. Jenson lost 11 points in seven service games and fended off the only break chance he faced to send pressure to the other side.
Millman was far from that pace, giving away over half of the points behind the initial shot and suffering five breaks to end his run in the quarters. The young American needed 25 minutes to seal the opener following breaks in games one, five and seven.
The Aussie netted a routine forehand in the second set's fourth game to propel the rival 3-1 ahead. Jenson saved that lone break chance in the next game and emerged at the top with another break at 5-2 that sent him into the last four.