Jannik Sinner achieved his second win against a top 10 player. © APA / EXPA / JFK
What a performance by Jannik Sinner in the Foro Italico in Rome! The 19-year-old from Sexten swept the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas off the pitch in three sets. It was the South Tyrolean’s second success against a player from the top 10 in the world.
16. September 2020
After beating David Goffin (in February in Rotterdam), Jannik Sinner, who is 81st in the ATP world rankings, has now won his second win against a top 10 professional. The South Tyrolean gave Stefanos Tsitsipas no chance in the 2nd round at the Masters in Rome for large parts of the game and defeated the Greek in three sets with 6: 1, 6: 7 (9:11) and 6: 2. The revenge for the second round against the same opponent last year has been successful.
Sinner started furiously. On the “picturesque” Pietrangeli Court, lined with marble statues, on which the South Tyrolean had already defeated Benoit Paire at the beginning, Sinner never let the Greek get involved in the first set. Sinner converted his third breakball to the first point, and when the score was 3: 1, he took the next service from Tsitsipas. The number 6 in the world seemed nervous and only managed one service game in the first set (6: 1 for Sinner).
Short intermediate high from Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas didn’t catch himself at the beginning of the second movement either. Instead, the 22-year-old received the next break. Sinner, on the other hand, was flawless on his own serve, played with focus and hardly made any mistakes. Tsitispas, on the other hand, looked cracked, the former next-gen winner braced himself late against the looming next disappointment (at the US Open he had to give up in round 3 against Bora Coric).
He is considered a clay court specialist and even defeated Rafael Nadal in the Madrid final last year. So far this year, the Greek has not played a match on clay, while Sinner has already played four times on this surface. Finally Tsitsipas managed the break to 5: 4, then he equalized in his own service game to 5: 5 and broke again. It was the turning point in the game. Sinner hit back, but in the tie-break thriller, the Sesto missed two match points before Tsitsipas used his third set ball to equalize 1: 1.
The third match point sits
The high of Tsitsipas was short-lived. Sinner pulled himself up again and pulled away with two breaks in the decisive third set to 4-0. Finally, Sinner converted his third match point in a duel to 6: 2 and thus fixed the entry into the 3rd round of the Masters 1000 tournament in the Eternal City. There Sinner meets the winner of the game between Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria / ATP 22) and Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan / ATP 50).