Jannik Sinner is 3-0 in the Green Group at the ATP Finals at home in Turin! The home favorite defeated Holger Rune 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, adding 200 ATP points to his tally and propelling himself and Novak Djokovic into the semi-final.
Sinner saved four out of five break points, prevailing in the pivotal moments and moving over the top with three breaks. Sinner served at 50%; no one could notice that as he lost four points in his games. The pressure was on Rune, and he failed to deal with it.
The Dane struggled on both serves, losing half of the points behind the initial shot and getting broken two times. Jannik made a strong start and created a break chance in the encounter's first game with a volley winner. He converted it with a forehand down the line winner, making a reliable start and gaining a boost.
The home favorite landed an ace in the second game, holding at love and opening a 2-0 advantage. Holger sprayed a forehand error in the third game, losing serve for the second time and falling 3-0 behind. The Dane got his name on the scoreboard with a forehand winner in the fifth game before the Italian opened a 5-1 gap with another hold at love.
Jannik served for the set at 5-2 and forced the rival's mistake, wrapping up the opener after 32 minutes. The younger player fired a service winner after deuce in the second set's third game, opening a 2-1 lead and already doing better than in the previous set.
Holger cracked a forehand down the line winner in the fourth game, creating his first break opportunity of the match. Sinner denied it with a service winner and brought the game home for 2-2. The home favorite earned a break point in the next game, and Rune saved it with a service winner, remaining on the positive side.
Jannik left that opportunity behind and landed an ace in the sixth game, locking the result at 3-3. Holger experienced a tricky service game in the next one, holding after deuce with a booming serve and extending his chances.
Both players served well in the next three games, reaching 5-5 and increasing the drama. Rune held after deuce in the 11th game and created three set points on the return a few minutes later. The Dane seized the third with a perfect lob, leveling the overall score at 1-1 and keeping his semi-final chances alive.
Holher stayed composed in games three and five, denying break points and staying on the positive side. He wasted a crucial break point in the eighth game, allowing his rival to level the score at 4-4. Sinner brought his A-game on the return in the ninth game, creating three break chances.
The Italian converted the third with a beautiful volley winner, moving 5-4 up and serving for the victory. Sinner attacked at 30-30 and earned a match point. He seizes it to emerge at the top and reach the last four in style.