Australia’s world no. 76 Alexei Popyrin has defeated Italy’s world no. 18 Jannik Sinner in their second round match at the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid.
Popyrin took the match in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-2.
The Australian recovered from an early break in the first set to take the opener in a tie breaker. Sinner was serving for the set before Popyrin broke back, helped by an unforced error.
The qualifier would then break Sinner three times in the second set, while also being broken once himself.
Sinner had recently reached the final of the Miami Masters.
The prize for defeating the Italian is a match against the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal. The Aussie advanced to the Round of 16 at an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time
In the earlier match on the same court John Millman lost to Great Britain’s Dan Evans 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3.