Matches against Roberto Bautista Agut can be quite tough, we have seen some of the best troubled by the persistent Spaniard who acts like a brick wall on the baseline.
Friday night in Miami saw Agut up against first time Masters 1000 semi-finalist in teenager Jannik Sinner and the performance from the 19 year old from a set down was quite spectacular.
All week it has been like watching a machine play, Alex Bublik congratulated him at the net following their quarter final and called the Italian “Not human”
On way to the final he has spent almost nine hours on court and looks at home at this level, he is soo calm and his game and his tennis brain is right up there. Sinner is coached by one of the worlds best in Riccardo Piatti and the partnership continues to go from strength to strength.
Roberto Bautista Agut won the first set 6-4 but the way Sinner stayed composed and did what he needed to do on serve kept the Spaniard close. There were moments in the match you could just applaud but at one particular moment an applause seemed unlikely.
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At this point it did feel like we were getting close to a conclusion which would see the Spaniard prevail to the next round but he had other ideas.
He dug in and played Agut at his own game, extended were swaying his way and set by set the amount of errors from Sinner was reducing.
The game at 3-3 in the second set was one of the best I’ve seen, the level of tennis was a joke.
Big match, tense moment and the kick off the forehand and rotation in the hip to move one of the most difficult baselines in Agut was exceptional.
He then opened up the court and played the backhand cross court but at no point admired his shot, went forward to cover the angles as the backhand of Agut hit the net.
What was soo impressive was how he did this time and time again but how little he moved and saved a tricky situation.
The backhand cross court – he had this nailed down throughout the match, stepping into the court and picking his moment incredibly well and when it mattered.
At 7-5 4-6 4-4 it is worth noting that Agut and Sinner were level on 90 points won and it ended 98/91 in Sinner’s favour with just 9 points played in what turned out to be the last two games and he finished with a backhand crosscourt which once he set-up to hit he didn’t miss.
On Sunday he will be in action one more time in the final of the Miami Open. Miami Open 2021 is actually Sinner’s first main draw Masters 1000 on a hard court and has become the youngest finalist at a Masters 1000 since Rafael Nadal in Madrid back in 2005.