The ATP 500 final will be held in Beijing on Wednesday without superstar Carlos Alcaraz. Jannik Sinner prevented a dream Alcaraz final against Daniil Medvedev (RUS-2) with a 7:6 (4), 6:1 victory after 1:54 hours over the Spaniard. The Italian will now face last year’s winner Medvedev in a duel between key players in Vienna. So both are in perfect condition just three weeks before the Erste Bank opens.
For Atham, this was the fourth victory in the seventh duel with Alcaraz. The South Tyrol player is currently the only player with four wins over the world number two. “Every match against him is very difficult. Today I played a little better. The second set ended 6-1, but he had a lot of chances.” Athim did not want to reveal his secret recipe against Alkaraz. “You always have to stay aggressive.” Otherwise you will have to “mix” some things.
Medvedev previously ousted German Olympic champion Alexander Zverev with a score of 6:4.6:3, thus preventing his third final in 2023. “It is a very strong field here. I am really happy with my level,” he said.
For Medvedev, it’s about continuing a very strange streak: if the Russian wins the final over Sinner, he will have his 21st ATP title in his pocket and each title will be in a different tournament position. “I’m not trying to do this on purpose, but I want to continue this fun story.” At the same time, this also means that Medvedev has not yet been able to defend his title. In Vienna he has the opportunity to erase this record.
In Astana, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who eliminated two Austrians in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Yuri Rodionov and Sebastian Offner, also won the final. He beat American Sebastian Korda with a time of 4:6.6:3.6:2.
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