World No. 14, and number one seed, three seed, Jannik Sinner of Italy, will take on Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, the world number 37, and the fifth seed, in the semi-final of the 2021 Sofia Open on Saturday, October 2. Get the live streaming options of this Jannik Sinner v Filip Krajinovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 20-year old Italian, and the Serb, who is nine years younger.
Sinner Looking for Third Title of the Season
Sinner is looking for his third title of the season in Sofia, having already won the Great Ocean Road Classic and the Washington Open in 2021, and finished runner-up at the Miami Open, hs first Masters series final.
However, it has not all been plain sailing for the former NextGen ATP champion, who benefitted from a first round bye before beating Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in straight sets, although the second set needed a tie-break to decide it.
That earned him a quarter-final with James Duckworth, the Australian world number 56, who was the beaten finalist at the Astana Open last Sunday.
It was Duckworth who began the better, securing an early break, and after he Italian had levelled breaking once more. He could not hold on to the lead, however, and allowed Sinner to break back once more meaning that a tie-break was needed. Duckworth then saved two set points,, but Sinner converted the third.
Again, Sinner suffered an early break in the second set, and Duckworth seemed set to level the match. But he allowed the top seed to break back, and then surrendered his serve yet again handing the match to Sinner.
Krajinovic Made to Battle by Polish Qualifier
Krajinovic is into his first semi-final since Hamburg in July, where he went all the way only to fall to Pablo Carreno Busta at the final hurdle
His progress to the quarter-finals was serene enough, beating the Bulgarian wildcard Alexandar Lazarov and compatriot Laslo Djere without dropping a set.
And he seemed to have a favourable draw in the form of the Polish qualifier, Kamil Majchrzak. But he was made to work much harder than he might have expected by the world number 125.
In the first set all appeared to be going to plan for the Serb, who had the Pole under pressure on his own serve. Three break points were saved, but, in his next service game, Majchrzak was broken and then again, to give Krajinovic the set.
But then the Pole hit back by breaking in the opening game of the second set, an advantage that he was able to consolidate to ultimately level the match.
At the strat of the deciding set Krajinovic had to save a break point, and took full advantage of his let off by breaking Majchrzak next game.
The Pole had chances to break back, saved a match point but, in the end, his efforts were in vain as Krajinovic was able to serve out for the match.
Sinner v Krajinovic Prediction and Tip
Neither player was totally convincing in their quarter-final on Friday, but Simmer is a proven winner on the ATP tour this year, and should get the job done.