Sinner-Zverev in the round of 16, Berrettini finds Otte-

Sinner-Zverev in the round of 16, Berrettini finds Otte-
Sinner-Zverev in the round of 16, Berrettini finds Otte-
from Marco Calabresi

The German, number 4 in the world, beat the American Sock: one of the big favorites of the tournament. Shapovalov out, Opelka too

Imagine a 20-year-old boy with 14,000 fans against and on the other side of the net an opponent almost twice his age, used to bringing the public to his side with a game that is sometimes more spectacular than concrete. How many twenty year olds would have brought home the match? Few, but Jannik Sinner

fortunately it was one of these. He did vent Gael Monfils, made him take all the ovations and screams possible then, in the fifth set, when the head served more than the legs and the applause, Jannik had no mercy.

We have for the first time two Italians in the round of 16 of the US Open, and the first time in the history of this sport that Italy brings at least two players to the second week of all four Grand Slams in the same season. And not over yet: Berrettini, two points from overtaking Thiem in the standings at number 7, favorite party against Otte (although the German in this tournament has already kicked out Sonego and Seppi), while Sinner will certainly not be afraid of Zverev after a match like the one against Monfils. Italy-Germany in two acts.

With elegance and education – also because the cheering was for the opponent and not against him, who knows how many other times it will happen – Sinner thanked the American public: The atmosphere was crazy, thanks to everyone. I’m glad I was able to bring out the best tennis when it mattered. I like to play best-of-five matches, although I prefer to close early if possible.

In fact, there were all the conditions to finish first: the first two sets were both won by the blue, who then guiltily got sucked into the whirlwind of a crazy match. Already in the third he was ahead 4-3 and serve and suffered a three-game break in a row by Monfils, but in the fourth it went even worse. Sinner was ahead 4-0, but from that moment he began to get nervous and make too many mistakes, especially with the forehand, the often enthralling shot. Monfils charged up, recovered first one break and then the other, and with six consecutive games forced the game to fifth. Sinner broke the streak with a break in the first game, and this time he got to the bottom with that precious asset.

With this success, the blue secured his best ranking, at number 13 (2895 points):I will find Zverev, who in the only previous three out of five sets (Roland Garros 2020) has already beaten. And maybe, after the victory with Monfils, the public this time tifer for him.

September 5, 2021 (change September 5, 2021 | 11:51 am)


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