Jannik Sinner moves into ATP Finals spot with Ruud victory in Vienna
Italian star Jannik Sinner took a giant leap in his bid to qualify for the prestigious ATP Finals against fellow contender Casper Ruud in Vienna.
In a mouth-watering contest between two in-form talents, Sinner defeated the Norwegian 7-5, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open, where he will face giant killer Frances Tiafoe.
With his impressive victory over Ruud, Sinner overtook Polish star Hubert Hurkacz and the inactive Rafael Nadal to climb into the eighth and final qualifying spot in the Race To Turin.
Should the Italian overcome Tiafoe on Saturday, he will move ahead of Ruud into seventh spot.
“I think today [there] was not a lot of rhythm, not so many exchanges. I served well today I have to say, especially on the important points,” Sinner said in his post-match interview.
“Obviously [there was] a lot of pressure on both sides. I’m happy how I controlled the match emotionally and everything together. I would say it was a good match.”
Sinner has continued his vastly impressive form on the indoor hard-courts after winning in Antwerp last weeks, and has gone seven matches without dropping a set.
“The past couple of weeks indoors I’ve felt well. Obviously we can see that in the results as well, but every match is different,” Sinner said.
“I have to stay focussed, I have a goal in my head. Obviously [there is] a lot of pressure, but it’s all about [the] mental game in this sport and I think I’m doing it in the right way.
“I’m happy that I can play one more semi-final in an ATP event. It’s a huge event, so hopefully I can also play well tomorrow.”
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