Miami Masters debutant Jannick Sinner broke for victory in the final game of a tight two-and-a-half-hour thriller on Friday to book his place in the Florida final.
The 19-year-old Italian defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, and will play for his first title at the elite Masters level against either Hubert Hurkacz or Andrey Rublev.
Sinner is playing his first career Masters event on cement.
That event has marked the emergence of the tennis NextGen, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all opting out of making the trip to Florida.
Sinner becomes the first teen into a final here since a 19-year-old Djokovic in 2007.
The youngster will be bidding to become the second from his country to lift a Masters trophy after Fabio Fognini won Monte Carlo in 2019.
Sinner has claimed two titles since last November, in Sofia and a pre-Australian Open event in Melbourne.
The winner, who was broken in the first game of the encounter by Bautista Agut, saved seven of 10 break points he faced while breaking his opponent four times.
Sinner did much of his heavy lifting at 3-all in the second set, salving four break points; he eventually out-hit the Spaniard by more than 25 winners.
The win backed up a victory by Sinner over Bautista Agut a fortnight ago in Dubai.
“It feels unbelievable,” Sinner said. “It’s always tough to play against Roberto.
“Two weeks ago we played in Dubai, we had a tough one there – now a tough one here.
“I’m very happy about reaching the final here in Miami.”
Bautista Agut admitted he was out-played: “I tried to compete as good as I could. I fought well.
“But I need something more. I had chances in the second. I didn’t play my best game.”
Main photo:- Jannik Sinner on his way to victory in Miami – by ATPTour.com