No one has saved as many match points as Jannik Sinner at this Miami Open Presented by Itaú. On Friday he raised three before defeating Emil Ruusuvuori in his debut. And this Sunday he saved five against Pablo Carreño Busta on the way to the round of 16 of the tournament.
In addition, in both matches their rivals served for the match in the third set. The Italian got up from the ground both times. Perhaps more dramatic was the way he did it this Sunday against the Spaniard, who had his first match point to return at 7-5, 5-4 and went on to lead 5-2 in the deciding set.
In addition, Pablo served for the match at 5-3 and had four balls to win the game at 5-4. Sinner stopped him, held serve from him to level the third set at 5-5 and won eight of the next ten points to claim one of the most dramatic wins of 2022.
From now on, this meeting is a candidate for the best game of the season and the comeback of the year. All thanks to the nerves of steel of the 20-year-old right-hander, who is 5-0 in deciding sets this season. But this result is also a complete revenge for the No.
11 in the ATP Rankings, because two years ago in Rotterdam, Carreño Busta had won the only previous duel between the two. And also saving multiple match points. Novak Djokovic confirmed to participate in the preceding Monte-Carlo Masters (April 10-17) and Serbia Open (April 18-24).
Nole will play the Monte-Carlos Masters
“I think today, with everything that has happened to Novak Djokovic in recent years – the US Open 2020, the final he lost last year, this year in Australia… – he is stronger than ever.
I admire him deeply because he says what he feels. He doesn’t say the right things to get people to love him and that’s to his credit. Then you can more or less agree with his way of thinking, but you can’t criticize how consistent he is with his principles.
He respects the fact that I got vaccinated, but for some reason he decided not to. I don’t know, I’m a big fan of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. Not just Nadal and Federer. Djokovic is much smarter than people think. In fact, there is one thing about Djokovic that is very Martian and which, in my opinion, will not be exceeded for a very, very long time: more than 361 weeks (362 now, editor’s note) as world number one.
And this record went completely unnoticed. And that’s unfair. Because if this record were held by Nadal or Federer, it would be permanently highlighted as something inaccessible, unbeatable. Djokovic is not considered to his fair value because he generates a lot of controversy and because there are many people who do not agree with his way of life.
It should be independent. If you want to value his sporting work, you have to value his sporting successes. It would be another thing if we did a poll to find out who you like the most or who forwards to you the most” – Alex Corretja explained.