From our correspondent in Miami,
F. Cerundolo b.  J. Sinner 4-1 rit.
The “cursed tournament” strikes again! This Miami Open 2022 is proving to be a real caporetto for a large number of players: after Paula Badosa had to retire in the first match of the day session on Wednesday on 1-4 of the first set against Pegula, the same also happened to our Jannik Sinnerwho, crippled by a blister on his foot, too could not resist more than five games on the pitch before raising the white flag.
A real disappointment for Sinner, who defended last year’s final here and who had a great opportunity to reach at least the last four of this tournament. The Italian had warmed up this morning on the central court sharing the field with his opponent Cerundolo, and during the session there were no particular signs of the problem that would have forced him to retire from the quarter-final.
In the 22 minutes that were played, nothing particular happened: Cerundolo had started the game a little excited by committing two double fouls in the opening game, but Sinner’s wrong right had pardoned him on the break point granted. Then, almost like a bolt from the blue, Sinner got stuck on 1-2 40-0, giving up nine points in a row and then going to shake his opponent’s hand and leave the field with a very sad expression.
Cerundolo thus finds himself without a shot being fired, and benefiting from the second withdrawal in the tournament, in the semifinal of a Masters 1000 where he will face the winner between Sascha Zverev and Casper Ruud. This sensational result will “halve” its ranking which from n. 103 which was before the start of the Miami Open presented by Itau will become at least n. 51that is, on the threshold of direct entry into all Masters 1000.
For what concerns Sinner is unfortunately necessary to register the second consecutive withdrawal in the two tournaments of the Sunshine Double 2022, where after an illness prevented him from taking the field against Kyrgios in Indian Wells, a blister on one foot prevents him from continuing his run which, after his victory with Kyrgios in the Miami Open round of 16, seemed well launched. The loss of the more than 400 points due to this year’s placement in comparison to the final of 2021 should not cost too much in terms of ranking to the South Tyrolean, who he is now 11th and should hold the position unless Hurkacz or Alcaraz make it to the final. Since the two are on the same side of the scoreboard it is impossible for both of them to reach the decisive act of the Miami Open, so Sinner could only lose one place in the standings in the worst case scenario.
The complete Miami men’s draw