PREVIEW | 2023 China Open Semi-Final - ALCARAZ v SINNER with rivalries renewed in Beijing

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 at 12:25
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Rivalries are renewed on Tuesday as Jannik Sinner faces off against Carlos Alcaraz on Tuesday afternoon for a spot in the final of the China Open in Beijing. Our preview looks ahead to the top tie.
Sinner and Alcaraz is seen as a future rivalry between two of the sports top stars with the Spaniard in particular in the ascendency while the Italian is aiming to match him.

Alcaraz navigates a tough route in Beijing

The goal has been all week to return to World No.1 and for Alcaraz, he will take one step towards that goal by reaching the final in China.
It has been a tough route through so far for Alcaraz in terms of on paper with Yannick Hanfmann being the first to lose out to the Spaniard. Lorenzo Musetti was the next up in another early rivalry to continue.
Casper Ruud was his toughest test in terms of seeding and relative rank, but Alcaraz won on Monday 6-4, 6-2.

Sinner eases through after Evans injury scare

Jannik Sinner after his early injury scare against Dan Evans which the Brit feigned in a mocking fashion has eased through his work after early worries. He saw off Yoshihito Nishioka losing only two games in the Last 16.
While on Monday, Sinner was even sick in a bin which the camera kept on while he was playing Grigor Dimitrov. But while he remains at a disadvantage as a result, the Italian swept through the final set 6-2.
Now Alcaraz will be the next player on his radar and one Head to Head that he has had good form in with one player set to take the lead following this tie.

Head to Head record between the rising duo

It is locked in at 3-3 between the pair with Jannik Sinner taking their last meeting back at the Miami Open earlier in 2023. He won it 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Carlos Alcaraz though took the previous two before that winning 7-6, 6-3 at Indian Wells and at the US Open in 2022 winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.
Jannik Sinner then continued the back-and-forth winning in Umag and Wimbledon in 2022 with Alcaraz taking their first competitive meeting back in 2021. As a result, it is very much anybody's game, especially with both not exactly in turbo form as of late.

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