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After the Rain: Hold on tight, the wrong storm is coming!  -Tennis

After the Rain: Hold on tight, the wrong storm is coming! -Tennis

Jannik Sinner quickly moved on to the next round in Miami. © APA/Clive Brunskill

Due to a rain break, Jannik Sinner had to be patient in Miami for a long time, but as soon as he was released on Saturday evening, he towered over his opponent. Thus, he maintained his clean record in duels with his Italian opponents.

For the 12th time, Jannik Sinner faced an opponent from Italy on the ATP Tour on Saturday, and for the 12th time he left the court a winner. He defeated Andrea Vavassori 6:3, 6:4 and advanced to the third round of the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami.

The confrontation between the two teams was actually scheduled to take place on Friday at 6:30 pm (CET), but it ended after 28 hours. Due to the weather they were not able to start until late on Friday evening, but had to leave the field again just under half an hour later when the score was 3:2 (40:40) in favor of Sinner because it started to rain again. The match continued on Saturday only just before 10pm, and then finally ended in quick succession.

Because third in the world rankings completed his mandatory mission without torches, without tactics and without even having to push himself to the limits of his performance. He immediately started with a break and took the first set just under a quarter of an hour later. The second round started off evenly before the 22-year-old South Tyrol player met his world number 148 counterpart. From Turin, with a score of 2:2, he received the serve again and thus set the path to victory.

Jannik Sinner overcame the first hurdle in Miami. © APA/Matthew Stockman

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Sinner remained focused throughout the 79 minutes of play at the impressive but half-empty Hard Rock Stadium on the outskirts of Miami. His high-speed, high-angle punches caused Vavasori obvious trouble from start to finish.

Sunday against Grikspur

In the end, for Sinner this was little more than a first warm-up after enjoying a bye in the first round. A more difficult test awaits him on Sunday when he meets Dutchman Talon Grekspoor (26 players), who defeated the surprising Alex Michelsen (739 players) in a three-set duel. Sinner and Griekspoor have faced each other three times so far, with the youngster from Sexten winning three times.