The blue beats the French in 3 sets in the quarterfinals
Jannik Sinner in the semifinals of the ATP Mastets 1000 in Toronto, Canada. The blue, seeded number 8, in the quarterfinals beats the French Gael Monfils by 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 after 2h22′ of battle. In the semifinals, Sinner will face the American Tommy Paul, who surprisingly defeats the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, number 1 in the world, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Sinner reaches the semifinal of a Masters 1000 for the fifth time. He does so at the end of a match characterized by long cross-country duels. In total, 32 points came after rallies with at least 9 hits. Sinner scores 20 decisive winners to beat the 36-year-old Monfils, who scores 19 aces but stutters when he doesn’t serve the first ball: Sinner wins 61% of the points when Monfils has to resort to his second serve and this ends up making the difference.
“It was very hard,” says Sinner at the end of the match, which closes after midnight local time. “In the second set I made a couple of gratuitous mistakes, but Monfils definitely raised his level. In the third set I tried to follow my game plan, I tried to play a little more mentally: I succeeded I’m happy,” he says.
Now, the challenge with Paul. The American beat Alcaraz, repeating the victory obtained a year ago against the Spaniard in Montreal. For Paul, the aggressive approach is decisive: out of 23 runs to the net, 21 points. Alcaraz pays an unusual inaccuracy and ends up on the mat weighted by 20 free errors. “I played an excellent match, I followed my shots: you can’t play against Alcaraz always chasing the exchange, you have to be aggressive. This made the difference”, Paul’s analysis after the prestigious victory.