Teenaged talent Jannik Sinner stopped Swiss qualifying lucky loser Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to line up a re-run of the 2019 NextGen Final title match.
A year ago this week in Milan, the Italian lifted the trophy over Australia’s Alex de Minaur to establish both men as rising threats on the main ATP Tour.
Sinner moved into the Sofia Open quarter-finals to next face his Aussie rival. De Minaur booked his last-eight place with a win over Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 7-6(5).
“It’s going to be a completely different match from last year,” the 19-year-old Italian from the German-speaking north of the country said.
“He’s (De Minaur) going to change something for sure, maybe me as well. I still have to prepare how to play against him.
“The basic plan is always the same: try to serve well, try to [make] him move, playing deep. Those are the basics and then you have a little bit it depends which opponent you play.
“For sure it’s the toughest match so far here for me. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Sinner reached the Roland Garros quarter-final last month and got to the Cologne semis.
He called de Minaur “a very solid player, moving very fast.
“He’s for sure improved a lot – but so have I.”