Jannik Sinner has been on cloud nine since the start of the ATP Masters in Turin: in front of an audience fully committed to his cause, the Italian pocketed his ticket to the final on Saturday by dominating the Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6- 7 (4/7), 6-1. The first Italian to reach the semi-finals of the Masters, Sinner, 22, can win the most important title of his young career on Sunday. He will have to beat the Serbian Novak Djokovic or the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, world No.1 and No.2, who are opposed in the second semi-final in the evening (9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. GMT). But based on what he demonstrated during this semi-final and even since the start of the 2023 edition of the “Masters tournament”, the world No.4 fears no one.
To hear him say, the support of the noisy Turin public made the difference in the semi-final against an opponent he had already faced four times in 2023, each time in the final, for a record of two successes each (Beijing and Basel for Sinner, Rotterdam, Miami for Medvedev). “It was a very, very difficult match, Daniil started the match playing better than me, I still managed to break him in this first set. Since I arrived here in Turin, I have felt something incredible, it gives me crazy energy,” Sinner explained to the audience after his success, for the first time in the Masters final in his second participation. “I served very well, I am very happy with my performance and we will see what happens on Sunday,” underlined the Italian who will be aiming for an eleventh title, the fifth of the year.
Sinner made his opponent break down morally in the third set by immediately taking his serve to lead 3-0, then 4-1, at which point Medvedev completely lost control by breaking a racket and starting to harangue the spectators, too noisy for his taste. Winner of his three group matches, Sinner can pocket $4.8 million (EUR 4.5 million) on Sunday if he wins the final and therefore achieves a flawless performance.