Sinner extends winning streak, joins Zverev in Vienna semi-finals

VIENNA (AP) – Jannik Sinner extended his winning streak on the indoor hard courts to 11 games and 22 sets on Friday by beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-1 in the Erste Bank Open quarter-finals.

The seventh-seeded Italian will face American qualifier Frances Tiafoe for a place in Sunday’s final. In the other semi-final, Alexander Zverev faces Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, who beat seventh-ranked Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5).

Ruud, who has won five league titles this season, led 5-4 in the opening set, but the Norwegian lost nine of the following 10 games as Sinner took control in most rallies.

The win puts Sinner in a favorable position for one of the two remaining spots in next month’s ATP Finals, overtaking Hubert Hurkacz and injured Rafael Nadal in eighth place.

Tiafoe defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-6 (6), a day after upsetting seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 49th-ranked American lost a 5-1 lead in the second set but broke Schwartzman when the Argentine served for the set at 6-5. Tiafoe saved a set point in the tiebreaker before converting his second match point.

Zverev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to move to 23-2 since losing to the Canadiens in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

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