Hurkacz in the semifinals in Paris: goodbye Finals for Sinner. But if Tsitsipas’s elbow …

The Pole eliminates the Australian Duckworth in three sets and detaches Jannik who will no longer be able to reach him. But the first reserve remains, and if the Greek does not recover from the injury in Turin, he would be the one to replace him. Also forward Djokovic

Hubert Hurkacz reaches the semifinals of Paris Bercy and sweeps away the last hopes of seeing Jannik Sinner at the Finals in Turin. On the indoor hard courts of the last Masters 1000 of the season, no. 10 of the world ranking gets rid of the Australian James Duckworth after a battle of nerves with a score of 6-2 6-7 (4) 7-5 becoming the second Pole in history to qualify for the Masters’ tournament. Before him only Wojciech Fibak, finalist in 1976. And to think that it is not the first time that his friend Hubi spoils the party at Sinner (remember the final in Miami), who can now only try to preserve his status as alternate at the Stockholm tournament, staged from Monday.

the match

In the wake of previous performances, it is not a great Hurkacz what we see making his debut, however, the cruise mode is enough for him to ensure a first break in the fifth game. Duckworth lets himself be mocked by the variations and by the insidious low backs of Hurkacz, who, above 4-2, takes advantage of the opponent’s mistakes and serves for the set. In the second set, Duckworth tries to stay afloat and the courage to approach the net rewards him. In fact, after averting two break chances in favor of the Pole, he took the lead for the first time 4-2. Hurkacz soon re-established the hierarchies and responded with a quick counterbreak. The partial is resolved at the tie-brek where the n.55 Atp immediately makes his two precious mini-breaks that project him 4-1, before archiving the 7-4 practice. In the third set, a dull, fluctuating and up to now wasteful Hurkacz (6/9 missed break points) relies on his ally service. The games follow one another quickly, the tension rises and at the stroke of the second hour of play, at 5-5 Duckworth tries dangerously to get close to Hubi. The assault fails and in the twelfth game it is the Pole who plays the charge: the third match point is the good one, Hurkacz closes 7-5.

race situation

Sinner remains stationary in ninth position with 3015 points, while Hurkacz reached the semifinal rises to 3315 with a substantial gap of 300 points from the Alto Adige. It is impossible now for Jannik to recover the disadvantage, even if he were to win the ATP 250 in Stockholm, a tournament in which the Pole is registered. In Sweden, therefore, the blue will try to safeguard the reserve position while maintaining the advantage over Cameron Norrie, currently tenth in the Race. A last chance could however allow Sinner to get a sprint place among the best eight of the season. Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from the Bercy tournament on Wednesday with a problem in his right elbow and, as the extent of the injury is still unclear, his participation in the Finals is currently at risk. In the event of a forfeit, Jannik would officially be at the starting line in Turin as a reserve.

Come on Nole

In the second quarter-final of the upper part of the scoreboard, the world number one Novak Djokovic does not disappoint and hits the semifinals by eliminating the American Taylor Fritz 6-4 6-3, at the end of an hour and 13 minutes of play. The Serbian, returning to the circuit after the disappointment of the US Open, qualified for the quarterfinals of Bercy benefiting from the retirement of Gael Monfils and to date has only played two games in the tournament. Tomorrow in the semifinals on the other side of the net, Hurkacz will be waiting for him. The Pole and the Serbian have already faced each other twice in their careers, with both previous ones won by Nole and played in 2019 (first round at Roland Garros, third at Wimbledon). Should Djokovic win the tournament, he would be sure to end the year at number one.

the other quarters

Starting at 7.30 pm live on Sky and streaming on Now, the last two quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 in Paris Bercy. Opening the evening session will be home favorite Hugo Gaston and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev. Following the challenge between Casper Ruud and Olympic gold medal Alexander Zverev.

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Hurkacz in the semifinals in Paris: goodbye Finals for Sinner. But if Tsitsipas’s elbow …

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