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Alexander Zverev wins tie-breaker to wrong edge Jank in Monte Carlo Classic | ATP . round

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In Friday’s quarter-final at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, Alexander Zverev and Janek Sener lived up to the billing, then others produced a Monaco classic over the course of three hours and seven minutes.

In a home and away match that saw 10 breaks, Zverev finished off the strongest victory 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to reach his second Monte Carlo semi-final.

“It means a lot, sure, in particular [with] “How this year has been going so far for me,” Zverev said after winning the marathon. “I’ve lost long matches like that, so I’m glad I won this match.”

The high level of play throughout the match belied the physical blows that both players faced – Sinner with a blister on the foot and Zverev with a problem in the right thigh. Although both men were uncomfortable at times between points, there was no complacency when the ball was in play as they both combined great strength, exceptional angles and touch in a thoroughly entertaining competition.

Zverev, who has not dropped a set until the quarter-finals, continues to take advantage of his chance to close the gap between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev at the top of the ATP rankings. The world number 3 could come close to 235 points from world number 1 Djokovic with the title in Monte Carlo.

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Early service breaks in all three sets were erased, with Sinner coming in from behind to take the opener and Zverev returning the favor in the second set. The German had come back twice in the third inning, forced to break the crucial tie after losing a break point at 5-5.

Facing his opponent’s massive crowd support, Zverev excelled in the tiebreak 7/5 as half of the points went against serve, and lunged for glee as he curled a Sinner backhand into the net at match point.

The German was happy to come out on top in a seesaw battle as he chases after his first title in 2022. “I lost a lot of matches. [like that] He said this year. “I think it’s in the back of my mind and I think this will definitely help.”

Sinner was previously six-six in crucial sets in the 2022 ATP Tour season, and seven-seven in tie breaks.

The Italian looked like he could finish the match in two sets after scoring an early break in the second set. But after Sinner starts losing the positioning battle and falls back beyond the baseline, Zverev suddenly becomes the aggressor. Once the match turned, Sinner’s tireless defense wasn’t enough to stop the second seed’s relentless charge.

Zverev is now waiting for the winner of defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas with Diego Schwartzman.

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