Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner acknowledged that the conditions against Karen Khachanov at the Miami Masters were tough but didn't want to try to find any excuses because the same conditions were for his opponent. Sinner, who is enjoying a career-high of No.
31 in the world, edged out third-best ranked Russian tennis player Khachanov 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 to reach the Miami round-of-16. "Here the conditions are tough to play, but in the end it's for both of us. It's not only for me, it's not only for him.
It's for both of us. For both it's windy, for both it's sunny and for both it's hot on court," Sinner said, per the ATP website. "Today it was very hot and I struggled a little bit more in the beginning.
I just tried to stay there every point even if I lost the first."
Sinner fought his way back
Sinner claimed the first break of the match in the second game to take a 2-0 lead but his lead was short-lived as Khachanov broke back in the third game.
Khachanov then broke Sinner in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead but got broken back in the following game. But after earning a break in the ninth game, Khachanov had no problems serving out for the opener in the following game.
As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Sinner realized his first set point to force a decider. In the third set, Sinner broke Khachanov in the ninth game and then routinely served out for the match in the following game.
"Playing tennis is the thing I love to do most. It is a pleasure and an honor to be able to spend five hours on a tennis court because I know I am privileged. I can live playing tennis while there are people who can't even afford a racquet,'' Sinner said, via George Spalluto. Sinner plays next against Emil Ruusuvuori.