Rising 19-year-old ATP performer Jannik Sinner takes on unheralded 23-year-old Alexander Bublik in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday afternoon. These two young players squared off for the first time ever just over two weeks ago with Sinner getting the win.
Now, the young Sinner is the ATP Odds favorite when they meet again as he looks to double down on Bublik in their second career meeting.
With this intriguing mid-week matchup looking like a thriller just waiting to happen, let’s find out who’s going to get the big win to advance to the semifinal round of this annual Masters 1000 event.
No. 21 Jannik Sinner vs No. 32 Sergei Bublik
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Jannik Sinner -260
Alexander Bublik +220
Dangerous Sinner On The Rise
Jannik Sinner is 28th in the ATP World Tour rankings and looks like a player with an extremely bright future. The teen-aged Italian took out Hugo Gaston 6-2, 6-2 in his Miami opener on Friday before getting past No. 14 seed Karen Khachanov in a three-set thriller two days later. Sinner then dispatched Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to his first Masters 1000 quarterfinals. Sinner is 9-4 on the year with one title after winning Melbourne 1 the first week of February. Sinner reached the quarterfinals in Dubai just prior to Miami before falling to the blossoming Aslan Karatsev in three sets.
Bublik Looking To Make His Name Known
Alexander ‘Sasha’ Bublik is currently 43rd in the ATP World Tour rankings. The Kazakhstan native got past Laslo Dere 6-3, 6-4 in his opener on Friday before dispatching James Duckworth 6-4, 6-4 two days later. Bublik came from a set down against Taylor Fritz to triumph 6-7 6-3 6-4 and secure a quarter-final meeting with teenager Jannik Sinner.
‘It’s a great achievement, it’s the first time for me,’ Bublik said afterward. ‘I was the lucky one to get the win today and I’m very happy with it.’
Bublik is 12-7 on the year and comes into this match fresh off a loss against – you guessed it – Sinner in Dubai.
Sinner Wins To Advance
Alexander Bublik is the bigger player in this affair as he stands 6-5 to Jannik Sinner’s 6-2. The native Kazakhstan also has a bit more firepower off the ground as well. Unfortunately, Bublik is also prone to make a ton of unforced errors and often can’t keep it together mentally when it matters most.
Jannik Sinner is the more complete player with far better strategic tactics. Sinner took out Bublik 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in Dubai almost two weeks ago. Sinner is 39-25 with two titles since turning pro in 2018 while Bublik is a modest 47-47 since turning pro in 2016. Jannik Sinner wins and advances here as a value-packed +260 pick, even if it does take three sets to get it done.
Pick: Jannik Sinner in 3 Sets
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