‘You practise for these kinds of matches,’ says Jannik Sinner after beating Andrey Rublev

Jannik Sinner has reached the semi-final of the Barcelona Open on his debut at the event, beating world number seven Andrey Rublev.

It is Sinner’s first clay-court semi-final and first ATP 500 semi-final, although it comes after a successful season so far in which he reached the Miami Masters 1000 final just last month.

Meanwhile, Rublev, who has himself been on an incredible streak this year, has been a little unsettled since he lost the Monte-Carlo Masters final last week, admitting that he’d been finding it difficult to control his emotions on court.

Sinner, who is just 19 years old, broke into the worlds top 20 ranking for the first time five days ago, beat Rublev 6-2, 7-6 and afterwards said he thought the Russian might be tired, but he was happy with his game.

“I’m trying to [get better]. For me it was the first time playing against [Rublev],” Sinner explained in his post-match interview.

“He played many many matches this year already, you know. Maybe he is a little bit tired after the week in Monte Carlo.”

“I tried to play my tennis. Somehow trying to finish it out in the end it was not very easy I had three break points at 5-5. It was not easy but I tried to stick in there and I’m very happy.

“Obviously you practise for these kinds of matches. Especially when you play important rounds like quarter-finals, semi-finals and it’s important for me for getting experience and I’m just trying to do that.”

Sinner will play the winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas v Felix Auger Aliassime in the semi-final.

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