Taylor Fritz, the defending champion, was on a nine-match winning streak heading into their BNP Paribas Open quarterfinal on Thursday, and Jannik Sinner was on a five-match winning streak, excluding his withdrawal in the fourth round of last year.
In a competitive matchup, it was clear that both players felt at ease in Indian Wells. Sinner's powerful hitting proved to be the difference in the match's pivotal stages as he prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Sinner, who had already became the first Italian in the event's 47-year history to go to the quarterfinals, continued his historic run by going 3-3 in his previous six matches against opponents ranked in the top 5.
After making it to the 2021 Miami championship match, Sinner is now qualified for his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final. On Saturday, he will compete against Carlos Alcaraz in the last four.