Miami Final Showdown: Sinner vs. Dimitrov

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Medvedev had hoped for a revenge match from the Australian Slam final but had to surrender to a stellar Sinner, who cruised to victory 6-1 6-2 in just 69 minutes.

At the Hard Rock Stadium, the twenty-two-year-old from South Tyrol secured his fifth consecutive win against the 28-year-old Muscovite and now aims for his third title of the year in what has been a legendary 2024 campaign so far.Jannik not only continues his pursuit towards the world No. 2 ranking, which he will only achieve by clinching the title on Sunday against Grigor Dimitrov, but he also becomes the first tennis player in the tournament's history to reach three finals in his first four participations in Florida: something truly remarkable.

His tennis game is now rock-solid, displaying an almost irreverent ability to dismantle opponents and their tactics, with his serve now a weapon of mass destruction: winning 80% of points on his first serve and hitting 7 aces.
He will face the Bulgarian Dimitrov after defeating the German Sacha Zverev 6-4 7-6 6-4.

Who will win the Miami trophy?

THE MATCH— Instead, it was the revenge match from the 2023 final, the last time Jannik suffered defeat against the Russian.

Medvedev started with a double fault, giving away the 15-15, then sent his forehand long at 15-30. He saved the first break point with an ace, then another, but on the third, Jannik struck with his trademark, a splendid cross-court forehand. However, Medvedev remained undeterred, sticking to his game plan and immediately faced two break-back opportunities. From 15-40 down, Sinner fought back to earn the chance for a 3-0 lead, closing out the game with Medvedev's forehand into the net.

Jannik stormed through the fourth game: on his fourth break point, he once again broke Medvedev's serve to go up 4-0, then 5-0. Medvedev held his serve without errors, serving only first serves and finally winning a game, but there was no hint of a comeback as the South Tyrolean closed out the set 6-1. As they changed ends, the speakers blared "Hot stuff," aptly reflecting the firepower displayed by Darren Cahill's protégé throughout the first set.

However, in the second set, Daniil struggled to find his rhythm and quickly found himself in trouble. An early break for Sinner. Grim looks from Medvedev's coach, Gilles Cervara, who watched helplessly as his charge faced an onslaught and another "Game, Sinner" for 2-0. The world No. 4 tried to mount a comeback, had a break point in the 4th game, but Sinner closed it out with three first serves. At one point, a small owl began to fly around the stadium, perhaps a desperate attempt to turn the tide of the match, but Jannik was impervious even to superstition, leading 5-1 before closing out the set 6-2, despite briefly facing 0-30.