Sinner in the final in Rotterdam, will be n.3 in the world

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Sinner in the final in Rotterdam, will be n.3 in the world

Everything as expected in the semi-final of the Rotterdam tournament between Jannik Sinner and the Dutch Taloon Griekspoor, won in two sets by the Italian who will challenge the Australian Alex De Minaur for the title tomorrow. But the expected consequence, the rise to third place in the world rankings, is not at all normal, because Sinner will be the second Italian ever to do so after Nicola Pietrangeli, number three at the end of 1959 and the end of 1960. It will happen already on Monday in the event of victory in the Dutch tournament, but at worst the South Tyrolean will be able to celebrate on Monday 26 February, ousting Daniil Medvedev from the podium. The winner of the Australian Open, against the Russian, did not miss a beat in his return to the scene in the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, demonstrating once again that despite not playing at the top as he had been in Melbourne he always manages to do the right choices and best manage key moments.

Tomorrow's final will be the 16th final of his career for Sinner, with eleven trophies in his cupboard, and the second in a row in the Dutch port city. The prologue was the semi-final with Griekspoor, who had lost both previous meetings, the last one in November in the Davis Cup. The start was immediately favorable to Sinner, who made the break in the first game and repeated it in the fifth, taking the first game 6-2. In the second set, Griekspoor became more enterprising but was never able to complete his attempts to break serve, eventually giving it up in the ninth game and then surrendering with the decisive 6-4. Sinner's rival of tomorrow, the Australian De Minaur celebrated his 25th birthday in the best possible way, curiously spent for a few hours on the pitch as happened to him last year, again in Rotterdam and always against Dimitrov.

In 2023 he wasted two match points and was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Bulgarian and today he had his revenge, which among other things, in addition to guaranteeing him the final, with the points earned will allow him to enter the top 10 of the ATP rankings on Monday for the first time in career. De Minaur immediately broke his rival's serve and then always defended his own, closing the first set 6-4. Identical start for the second match, with the Australian committing few unforced errors and finding excellent responses to his rival's game, closing the match with a clear 6-3. The precedents between Sinner and De Minaur are completely unbalanced in favor of the blue, who has won six times out of six and lost only two sets overall.

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