The poster was salivating, it finally hardly took place. Between two fit men at the end of the season, Andrey Rublev, who remains on a title in Saint Petersburg, and Jannik Sinner, semi-finalist in Cologne, the match promised to be exciting and the two players presented themselves well on the runs to Vienna on Thursday. But after 6 minutes and three games, the Italian ended the duel early (2-1, ab.) By throwing in the towel. Injured in the foot before the match, he had decided to give it a try but quickly realized that he was not in a position to compete for his chances.
It was after conceding a first break on a forehand foul that Sinner decided to stop the costs. This regrettable scenario for the Austrian spectators is however welcome for Rublev who progresses and collects additional points for the Masters. If the Russian has to challenge the defending champion Dominic Thiem (if he defeats Cristian Garin) for a place in the semi-finals, he will have saved precious energy this Thursday.
As for Jannik Sinner, we may not see him on the courts again in 2020. This injury compromises his chances of participating in the Rolex Paris Masters. The Italian is also registered for Sofia the following week, but it might be wiser for him to recharge his batteries and start 2021 off on the right foot, so to speak.