ATP Monte Carlo: Jannik Sinner edges Holger Rune

Jannik Sinner will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Monte Carlo: Jannik Sinner edges Holger Rune
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World no. 2 Jannik Sinner is through to his eighth Masters 1000 semi-final and the second in a row in Monte Carlo. The ATP Race leader prevailed over last year's finalist Holger Rune 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 after two hours and 40 minutes, repeating the result from 12 months ago and keeping his points.

Thus, Sinner will remain world no. 2 after Monte Carlo, keeping his closest rival Carlos Alcaraz behind. Rune spent over five hours on court on Thursday, finishing the job against Sumit Nagal and prevailing over Grigor Dimitrov after a massive battle.

The Dane gave everything against the Italian but it was not enough, losing serve once in the decider and ending his campaign in the quarter-final.

Jannik Sinner & Holger Rune, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Rune had issues with the crowd in the closing stages of the second set, arguing with the chair umpire and calling for the supervisor.

He kept his composure and stole the set, only to suffer a break in the decider and propel Sinner through. Both players did a marvelous job behind the first serve, firing over 50 service winners! Jannik played better behind the second serve and made the difference, playing against only two break chances and never losing serve!

Rune offered his rival eight break points, defending six and getting broken once in sets one and three. The Australian Open champion had the upper hand in the shortest, mid-range and most extended rallies, securing his 25th victory from 26 matches in 2024!

Holger landed an ace in the first game of the encounter, and Jannik grabbed the second with service winners, leveling the score at 1-1. Rune fired a smash winner in the third game and brought it home with an unreturned serve, opening a 2-1 advantage.

The younger player placed a deep return in the fourth game and painted a forehand winner for a break point. Sinner denied it with a well-constructed attack and held with an unreturned serve for 2-2. Jannik stepped in on the return in game five and grabbed a break at 15 after Holger's backhand error, building the advantage.

The Italian cemented it with a hold at 15 in game six, settling into a fine rhythm after 26 minutes. Sinner clinched the eighth game at 30 after Rune's forehand error and served for the opener at 5-4.

Jannik Sinner, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Jannik Sinner will compete in his second consecutive Masters 1000 semi-final.

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2 landed an ace down the T line, holding at love and wrapping up the set after 42 minutes. The second set lasted almost 80 minutes, and the Dane denied six break points in two complicated games to remain in touch. Jannik barely lost a point in six service games, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Rune held at 30 in the first game after Sinner's forehand error, and world no. 2 responded with a hold at love in game two after a forehand winner. Holger followed that pace and closed the third game at love after an unreturned serve.

Producing one good hold after another, Jannik notched another perfect service game, landing a powerful serve in the fourth game and locking the result at 2-2.

Jannik Sinner, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Italian made a push on the return in the fifth game, hitting a smash winner and creating three break chances.

Holger stayed focused, rattling off five straight points and remaining on the positive side. Sinner left those chances behind and served well in the next two games, leveling the score at 4-4 after Rune's backhand mistake. Holger grabbed the ninth game with a forehand down the line winner, giving everything to stay in touch.

The Italian served to stay in the set in game ten and felt no pressure, landing a service winner for a hold at love and making another push on the return at 5-5. Rune netted a backhand and experienced three set points, moving closer to the exit door, especially after losing focus while arguing with the chair umpire and explaining the issues with the crowd to the supervisor.

The Dane denied them with powerful serves and completed a great escape, holding for 6-5 and securing a tie break. Sinner delivered another hold at love in game 12, hoping to seal the deal in the tie break. There were no mini-breaks in the opening seven points (Rune got robbed at 2-2), and Sinner moved in front with a backhand crosscourt winner that pushed him 5-3 in front.

A powerful serve sent world no. 2 6-4 up, creating two match points. Holger saved the first with a forehand crosscourt winner and erased the second with a service winner, leveling the score at 6-6. The Dane hit a strong serve down the T line for a set point and seized it after the Italian's backhand error, rattling off four points and introducing a decider after two hours.

Holger Rune, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

They served well in the opening four games, with Holger locking the result at 2-2 with an ace. The younger player created a break chance with a smash winner in game five that could have sent him closer to the finish line.

The Dane squandered it with a loose drop shot, and the Italian wrapped up the game with a service winner. They held at love in games six and seven, with world no. 2 landing a service winner for 4-3. Jannik made one last push on the return in the eighth game, creating two break points with a backhand down the line return winner.

Rune hit a double fault on the first, falling 5-3 behind and allowing Jannik to serve for the win. The Italian sealed the deal with a service winner in game nine, celebrating his 25th victory of the season and remaining on the title course.

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