World no. 7 Jannik Sinner will play in his 12th ATP final in Beijing and the fifth of the season. Jannik met world no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final and scored a 7-6, 6-1 victory in an hour and 55 minutes. The Italian will seek his ninth ATP title against the 2nd seed Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday.
Sinner defeated Alcaraz for the fourth time in seven encounters, prevailing in the opener and dominating set number two to emerge at the top. Jannik played better in the crucial moments, defending seven out of nine break points and reducing Carlos to mediocre numbers in his games.
Alcaraz dropped half of the points in his games, facing eight break points and allowing Sinner to secure five breaks. The Spaniard lost the ground behind the second serve, making too many errors and failing to match the rival's numbers in the shortest and mid-range exchanges.
Carlos made a reliable start and grabbed a break in the encounter's first game with a forced error.
Jannik Sinner ousted Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets in Beijing.
Jannik struggled again on 0-2, not finding his rhythm yet.
The Italian defended two break points and made a pivotal hold for 1-2, getting his name on the scoreboard. Sinner pulled the break back in the fourth game before netting a forehand in the next one, experiencing another break and falling 3-2 behind.
Instead of building on that, Alcaraz experienced a break at love in the sixth game, struggling to pass his opponent and impose his strokes. They served well in the rest of the set, introducing a tie break after Carlos' ace in the 12th game.
Carlos netted a routine forehand in the second point and fell 2-0 behind. The Spaniard missed another forehand in the seventh point, trailing 5-2 before pulling two mini-breaks back. Carlos netted another forehand in the tenth point, offering Jannik two set points.
The Italian seized the first after a forehand return winner, taking the opener after an hour and 11 minutes and gathering a boost. Alcaraz got broken at the beginning of the second set and squandered his chances in games two and four that could have kept him in contention.
Sinner came back from 40-0 down in the fourth game and held after Alcaraz's forehand error. The Spaniard suffered another blow in the fifth game, squandering a 40-15 advantage and dropping four straight points after a wayward forehand.
Carlos served to stay in the match at 1-5, netting a backhand and experiencing another break to propel Jannik over the top and end his run in the semi-final.
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