The Italian player had a disappointing exit in the Masters 1000 Shanghai Open last week, falling in the round of 16 to Ben Shelton in a third-set tie-break. However, this week, Sinner raised his level, seeking revenge against Shelton in the first round and then besting his compatriot Lorenzo Sonego to set up a clash with the 7th seed, Frances Tiafoe.
The North American hasn't been in top form recently, experiencing two losses and no wins during the Asian swing, so he returned to Europe in search of better results. A walkover in the first round against Dan Evans when the score was 4-1 in favor of the Brit and a hard-fought match against Gael Monfils earned him a spot in the quarterfinals with the tough challenge of facing the world No. 4.
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The young Italian seized the first break opportunity in the opening set and quickly took a 3-0 lead over Tiafoe. Sinner didn't give much room to the North American, winning 88% of the points played with his first serve and 64% with the second.
On 'Big-Foe's side, he was below his opponent, totaling 62% of the points won with his first serve and 55% with the second. When Sinner had a 4-2 advantage, he had a shaky service game, offering two break points to Tiafoe, who couldn't capitalize. Eventually, Sinner secured the set 6-3.
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Tiafoe began serving in the second set and kept a slight edge over his rival during the first half of the set, with neither player conceding break opportunities. However, in the seventh game, Sinner once again took his chance and grabbed a break that would prove decisive in the match, ultimately closing out the set 6-4.
Sinner's victory ensures that the top four seeds in the tournament advance to the semifinals. This time, he will face the third seed, Andrey Rublev, whom he leads with a 3-2 head-to-head record. In the other semifinal, the first and fourth seeds, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, will compete.