Jannik Sinner managed to beat Grigor Dimitrov and reach the semifinals of the ATP 500 in Beijing, where in a few hours he will face Carlos Alcaraz. Jannik did it despite suffering a disturbing attack of vomiting, during the quarterfinal match against the Bulgarian, which, according to the Italian champion, was probably due to something he ate.
The match against Alcaraz is a highly anticipated challenge that promises to be a spectacle between the two young tennis players, who in head-to-head matches have a perfectly equal balance sheet, with three victories on each side.
In the quarter-finals of the China Open the Italian tennis player had to work hard to get the better of the Bulgarian veteran, only managing to prevail in the third set with a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
At the end of the match, the Italian number one commented on his victory over Dimitrov, also explaining the reasons for his discomfort.
Jannik Sinner's words at the end of the match
Sinner initially spoke of some drops during the match that cost him dearly. The Italian saved seven of the eight break points conceded, but the only break suffered in the second set proved fatal, with Dimitrov taking advantage of the opportunity to win the set.
He told: "I had a 15/40 game, a 0/40 game where I made some unforced errors and he also played quite aggressively. That's tennis. In the third set I think I handled the situation well , especially when I served in a difficult moment at 4-2.
I'm very happy to have reached the next round." The Italian, not yet 100% after the flu problems at the beginning of the week, explained the possible reasons for his illness.
He explained: "At some point I vomited, I probably ate something wrong." For Sinner, the victory against the 32-year-old Bulgarian is his 47th victory of the season, which brings him closer to his record of 49 successes in a single calendar year achieved in 2021.
The Italian, if he manages to reach the final, would rise to fourth position in the rankings world championship, reaching its best ranking and a historic result for Italian tennis.
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