Stefanos Tsitsipas kept his current win streak alive on Saturday, motoring past Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 to book a place in his third final from his last four tournaments,
The victory in just over 90 minutes at the Barcelona Open, marked the best period of his career as the Greek second seed won a ninth straight match and a 17th consecutive set.
The tranquil setting at the Real Club de Tenis in the posh Sarria neighborhood of the catalan capital was the venue for a career-first final for Tsitsipas – he’s now heading into his 16th – back in 2018 when he was defeated by Rafel Nadal.
Tsitsipas, ranked fifth, won the trophy last week in Monte Carlo over Andrey Rublev and faced Alexander Zverev in the Acapulco final last month.
The 19-year-old Sinner, a winner – like Tsitsipas – of the NextGen title in Milan, was the youngest semi-finalist here since 2005, when an 18-year-old Nadal claimed the first of his 11 Barcelona titles at his home tennis club.
The Italian committed 11 unforced errors.
Tsitsipas advanced into a final against either Nadal or Pablo Carreno Busta.
The winner pulled level with Rublev on an ATP-leading 26 match wins this season and is on track to threaten fourth-ranked Dominic Thiem in the standings.
Tsitsipas can now aim for the standard established in 2018 by Nadal when he won Monte Carlo and Barcelona back-to-back.
In anticipation of possible further success after his torrid start on clay, Tsitsipas told the crowd: “If I can win both Barcelona and Madrid (from May 2), I will be back here next year speaking Spanish.”