After surmounting a challenging three-set match to begin his journey in the China Open, Jannik Sinner displayed sheer determination as he dominated over Yoshihito Nishioka on Sunday, marking his spot in the Beijing quarter-finals.
Prevailing with a decisive 6-2, 6-0 against the Japanese World No. 38, this victory marks Sinner's 12th tour-level quarter-final of the current season. In contrast to his strenuous first-round victory against Daniel Evans, the Italian's recent success, clocking in at 67 minutes, showcased his adaptability and resilience, especially considering his debut appearance at the ATP 500 event in Beijing.
Reminiscing about his initial days in China, Sinner admitted, “I was under the weather during the first few days. The goal was to get past the first round, knowing I’d have a rest day afterward.” With improved physical condition, Sinner asserted, "My gameplay becomes more seamless. Today was a good day, although I might need to refine my serves.”
Sinner Dominates; Adapts to Conditions
As the match commenced, both Sinner and Nishioka had an even exchange with breaks of serve. However, the World No. 7 took command thereafter. Bolstering his Lexus ATP Head2Head lead against Nishioka to 2-0, Sinner's finesse was evident as he won 11 consecutive games, highlighting his prowess with 18 winners, eight of which were aces.
Reflecting on the game's pivotal moments, he shared, "This evening’s play felt almost indoor, with the ball traveling slower than during daytime. Navigating the day's conditions, especially the sun, can be challenging. I believe I managed it adeptly today."
With this victory, his 46th tour-level win this year, Sinner solidifies his fourth position in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. He's also eyeing a reentry at the season-concluding Nitto ATP Finals, having served as an alternate in 2021.
The horizon looks challenging yet promising for the 22-year-old Sinner, who will next face Grigor Dimitrov in a quarter-final showdown. Dimitrov, maintaining consistency, clinched a 6-3, 7-5 victory over third seed Holger Rune, marking his fourth quarter-final entry in his eight Beijing appearances.
Reflecting on his performance against World No. 4 Rune, Dimitrov shared, "While there's room for enhancement, victories matter the most. I see progress since the first match, but there's potential to elevate it even further.”