Jannik Sinner, 19 years old and world No. 19, continues to amaze in the tournament and is the first semifinalist of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-68th Conde de Godó Trophy after beating in the quarter round a Andrey Rublev (7th) by 6-2 and 7-6 (6) in 1h.35 ‘.
The Italian will seek a place in the final on Saturday against the winner of the match between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (20th), two other fantastic members of the ‘Next Gen’ who will have to take over from the ‘Big Three’ formed by Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
After beating Egor Gerasimov and Roberto Bautista in two sets, Sinner also needed only two sets to eliminate Rublev, the tennis player with the most wins of the year (26-6) who had just won last week at Rafael Nadal before falling to Tsitsipas in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000.
However, Jannik also goes through an excellent moment of play, as he demonstrated by getting into the final of the Miami Masters 1,000, where Hubert Hurkacz stopped him, and demanding Novak Djokovic an excellent version before giving up in the 2nd round of Monte Carlo.
Sinner was Godó’s youngest quarter-finalist since Nadal won the first of his 11 titles in 2005 at the age of 18 and, obviously, that statistic still holds in the semifinals.