WOW! Jannik Sinner Joins Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in an Incredible Record at Miami Open After Battling Past Roberto Bautista Agut

Published 04/02/2021, 3:45 PM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after match point against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


It was the night of the semi-finale at the Miami Open 2021, and Roberto Bautista Agut was up against Jannik Sinner. In an incredible match-up, it was the young sensation Sinner who made an incredible comeback and secured a place in the finale of the tournament. The final scoreline of the match was 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

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Roberto Bautista Agut was coming into the semis after defeating World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the quarters. Even though he managed to establish an early lead by winning the first set, Jannik Sinner performed brilliantly under pressure and won the match.

With this victory, Sinner became the fourth teenager to play the Miami Open finals. The other three are Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, and Novak Djokovic.

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Set-1: Roberto Bautista Agut takes away a close set

Agut started the set brilliantly by breaking in the very first game. Thus, he managed to win a healthy 2-0 lead over Sinner by the end of the second game. However, the Italian player also broke in the sixth game and leveled the scoreline at 3-3.

The one who served continued to win until the scoreline reached 5-5. But after this, Agut broke once again and finished the set after winning the subsequent game, and he conquered the set 7-5.

Set-2: Jannik Sinner strikes back

The second set saw complete dominance of the two players. Nobody was ready to lose, and both failed to break until the tenth game. Even though Agut gained four break-points in the seventh game, he failed to capitalize on every single occasion. It was also Sinner’s brilliant gameplay under pressure that stopped the Spaniard from breaking.

The scoreline soon reached 5-4 with Sinner leading. Serving to save the set, Agut made some big errors that gave Sinner three break-points. Although Agut saved the first one, he lost the second. As a result, World No. 31 Sinner broke and won the set 6-4.

Set-3: Sinner wins the ticket to the finale

Serving first, Sinner captured the first set easily. However, Agut tried to regain his momentum and won the next game to equalize the scoreline. Interestingly, he broke in the next game and then won the subsequent one as well to widen his lead at 3-1.

Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy hits a backhand against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

However, Sinner also put up a tough fight. He also broke in the sixth game and leveled the scoreline at 3-3. He went on to win the next game to once again take the lead 4-3. But the Spaniard again equalized the scoreline at 4-4 in the next game.

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Sinner once again took the lead as Bautista failed to break in the ninth game. The Italian didn’t take long, broke once again in the next game, won the set 6-4, and thus won the match as well.

With this, Sinner also became the first teenager to reach the Miami Open final since Novak Djokovic won the title in 2007.

 

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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