Today the semi-final of the Miami Masters 1000 with Bautista
“But are you human? It is not possible, you are 15 years old and you play like this… ». Alexander Bublik’s astonished sentence after the alienated defeat against Jannik Sinner has been around the world, and is hilarious because it is true despite being completely false. First, because Jannik Sinner, who tonight is playing a place in the final in the Masters 1000 in Miami against 32-year-old Roberto Bautista Agut, is not 15, but 19 (and 7 months old). And also because he is human, very human. Indeed, as his coach Riccardo Piatti maintains, «Jannik is perfectly normal: he likes tennis and only thinks about that. It is the others who are complicated ».
Underneath he says the truth, Bublik, because Sinner really has staggering numbers. If the ATP Finals in Turin were played today, Jan would be inside since in the Race, the ranking that counts only the results of the calendar year, is already virtually number 8. And if the ATP world ranking were not frozen – in the sense that they are valid still the points earned pre-pandemic – today Sinner would be number 11 in the world. The first semifinal in a Masters 1000 has reached just a thread after Rafa Nadal, but before Federer and Djokovic – who curiously always succeeded in Miami.
In short, joyful paradoxes and promises of long happiness gather around the boy. “Sinner is a phenomenon, he combines sensational shots and truly enviable mental balance,” says former Azzurri coach Barazzutti. “He can win in Miami and with a bit of luck even a Grand Slam in 2021. He’s ready”. Jannik, knowing him, in the last 48 hours, eating desserts, training and watching tennis on TV was above all concerned about being ready for the match against Bautista.
A tough and constant number 12 in the world, the classic opponent-leveler who tares the champions and often beats them. Sinner just beat him in three sweaty sets in Dubai, “and I expect another tough match,” says Bautista. “Because it is clear to everyone that Jannik will become one of the best in the world.” –
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