World no. 7 Jannik Sinner will compete in his eighth ATP semi-final of the season in Beijing. Jannik met Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-final and produced a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory in two hours and 31 minutes, arranging the semi-final duel versus Carlos Alcaraz.
Sinner defeated Dimitrov for the second time in 2023, losing the second set and raising his level in the decider despite vomiting after the third game, struggling with an illness. The Italian played better behind the second serve, denying seven out of eight break chances and keeping the pressure on the other side.
Dimitrov grabbed that break in the second set, but it was not enough to push him over the top, playing against 15 break chances and losing serve three times. The Bulgarian made a shaky start, wasting game points in the encounter's first game and losing serve on the fourth break chance after a forehand drive-volley mistake.
Jannik Sinner beat Grigor Dimitrov in Beijing despite the physical issues.
Jannik held at love in game two before facing two break points at 2-1. The Italian saved them and brought the game home to maintain the advantage.
Grigor settled into a fine rhythm behind the initial shot, following the rival's pace and hoping for some chances on the return. Instead, Jannik served well and fired a forehand winner at 5-4 to wrap up the set and gain a boost.
The second set started with four comfortable holds before Dimitrov experienced two break chances at 2-2. The more experienced player denied them with winners and held with a well-constructed attack. Grigor had to work even harder in the seventh game, offering Jannik four break points.
Sinner squandered them, missing a chance to seal the deal in straight sets and reduce the time spent on the court. Instead, Dimitrov scored his only break in the eighth game with a forehand winner, opening a 5-3 gap and serving for the set.
The drama was far from over, as Jannik earned two break chances in the ninth game. Grigor erased them and held after a service winner to claim the set 6-3 and force a decider. Sinner made a fresh start and broke in the second game.
The Italian held for 3-0 before vomiting in a bin by his chair. The final four games offered break chances, with Sinner defending three in games five and seven. Jannik broke at love at 5-2 to emerge at the top and reach the final four.
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