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Miami Open Masters 2021: Jannik Sinner, Hubert Hurkacz Advance to Men's Final

Blake SchusterContributor IApril 2, 2021

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - APRIL 02: Jannik Sinner of Italy returns a shot to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in their semifinal match during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on April 02, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The next tennis star may have emerged Friday in the men's semifinals at the Miami Open Masters. 

Jannik Sinner, a 19-year-old from Italy, knocked off Roberto Bautista Agut, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the finals against Hubert Hurkacz. In the process he became just the fourth teenager to earn a berth in the Miami Open title match in tournament history.  

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Sinner entered play as the No. 21 seed and defeated No. 14 Karen Khachanov, No. 32 Alexander Bublik and No. 7 Bautista Agut as he ran through the tournament. Now he's two sets away from winning the whole thing on Sunday. 

No. 26 Hurkacz pulled off his own upset on Friday over No. 4 Andrey Rublev, 6-3 6-4, taking the four player seeded 12th or higher since reaching the third round of play.

Men's Semifinal Results

No. 26 Hubert Hurkacz def. No. 4 Andrey Rublev: 6-3, 6-4

No. 21 Jannik Sinner def. No. 7 Roberto Bautista Agut: was a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Recap

Hurkacz's upset over Rublev was almost ruthless. 

The 24-year-old drilled eight aces, saved four of five break points and picked up wins on 60 percent of his first serves. That helped Hurkacz go up 3-0 in the first set and 3-1 in the second set as he easily took care of Rublev. 

That's not to say the match wasn't without drama. 

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Slowly but surely, @AndreyRublev97 inches his way back in the set after being down 1-5.<br><br>Stream Live→ https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/zYA78iM9Ax

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One set closer.💪@HubertHurkacz leads 6-3 as @AndreyRublev97 drops his first set all tournament.<br><br>Stream Live→ https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/NXbEGvXk5q

Hurkacz looked a bit on edge midway through the second set as Rublev made it 3-2, but that was as close as Rublev came to a comeback as Hurkacz took three of the next five games to close out the win. 

Sinner had a much tougher time with Agut on Friday. 

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Jannik Sinner's first four Masters 1000 events:<br><br>2019 Rome: Round 2<br><br>2020 Rome: Round 3<br><br>2020 Cincinnati: Qualifying<br><br>2021 Miami: Final

After falling in the first set, Sinner and Agut were tied at 4-4 late in the second set before the Italian was able to take charge. Sinner took the two following games then stumbled again early in the third and final set. 

The teenager trailed 3-1 after four games, then knotted thing up a 4-4. It was the last time Sinner saw any trouble as he took the final two games with ease. 

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Third set coming!@JannikSin wins the second set, 6-4. One set will decide our first Miami Open finalist.<br>Watch live→ https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0 #MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/FMiEy0FzFX

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IT'S SINNER 💪<br><br>19-year-old @JannikSin defeats Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the Miami Open final.#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/0WdSMTVKNp

Overall, Sinner drilled five aces, won 98 of 189 total points, broke Agut's serve four times and earned a win on 65 percent of his first serves. He might not be the biggest star in the sport yet, but if past is prelude, he's certainly one to watch closely over the next few years. 

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