Sinner beaten 2-1 by Zverev in Monte-Carlo

Jannik wins the first set in a 4-1 comeback then yields to the tie-break against the German n.1 aspirant. Now Tsitsipas-Schwartzman

Too bad, because we just missed it. In Monte Carlo Jannik Sinner cheats against Sascha Zverev, then collapses at the end of the second set and yields in the third to the German who will settle in the end 5-7 6-3 7-6. However, the second quarter-final 1000 in a row remains for the pupil of Simone Vagnozzi, who is betting on an increasingly varied and fun game, which confirms that he has the head and the heart of an absolute champion but which must necessarily solve the problem of blisters in order to take the ground healthy and quiet. Too bad, because Jannik had recovered well from 4-1 below in the second set starting to grind the tennis and often putting the German in the corner, he had deserved the tie break of the third in extremis and had given up after more than three hours of play. fight. Now the other quarter-final between Tsitsipas and Schwartzman to decree the German’s challenger.

The game

As against Rublev, the break comes immediately. Cold. Two forehand errors that send the German ahead 0-30, then another error that allows Sascha to cut the lead. From there begins a series of 13 points from Zverev which ends at 4-1. Decisive to keep the service for Jannik who then regains courage, finds two winners and goes 30-0 on a German service. A double fault gives the Italian two chances to recover the break. Sascha risks a second double fault, but the break is called off by the chair judge. The service time is repeated among the whistles of the public, all for Jannik who then hangs up the score: 4-3.

Jannik risks again, against an angry Zverev for the break immediately. He is on a dangerous 15-30, serves a second winner and finishes with a serve and a volley. Below 4-1, it comes back 4-4 then 5-5. Sinner takes more and more confidence, which takes advantage of each uncertainty of the German and goes 0-30. Zverev recovers, but Zverev serves second and Jannik steps onto the court. Double fault and broken ball. The German cancels it. But Sinner gets another one that fades due to a backhand error. Vagnozzi’s pupil does not give up and with a magnificent winner in a straight line he obtains a third. But it is still undone. Here’s the fourth chance, and this time Sinner goes 6-5 and serves. Closing the set is a formality, he maintains the service at zero and closes 7-5. Second set which starts immediately full, with Sinner taking a break advantage for 2-1, but with an empty pass in the fourth game returns the service to the German. Everything to do again on 2-2. Despite a problem with the right adductor requiring support from the coach, Zverev thwarted two chances with another break from Jannik. But his condition is gradually getting worse and Jannik seems to have lost his rhythm after this stoppage. In the eighth game the German extends with a decisive break: he passes 5-3 and ends the set 6-3.

The end

In the third, Sinner still starts struggling, under 0-30, but two errors from Zverev give him a helping hand. With three consecutive points, he has the ball 1-0, holds the serve but in the third game, which started with a 26-shot rally, Sascha snatches the serve at 0 for the 2-1. Sinner limps more and more visibly and seems to have lost faith. Since, as Paolo Bertolucci says, tennis hurts, Zverev decides to put on the show the wrong way: serve from below, outside. Second out and double fault. It goes to the benefits and Jannik closes with a straight winner. The game got back on track, but the dangerous German was still at 3-3, going 0-30 on Sinner’s serve. Sascha’s two break points are deadly.

The German climbs 4-3 and serves, consolidates for 5-3 then, when he has to serve for the match, suffers the return of a moving Jannik who brings everything equal: 5-5. There is still to suffer, there is still to fight. Sinner came back 6-5 but this time the German didn’t shake and started throwing furniture between serve and straight, kept the serve and everything was decided on a tie break. Zverev’s minibreak at 2-2, but it’s 3-3 immediately with Jannik’s reaction. One more mini-pause and counter-pause. A backhand on the net sends Zverev serving for the game and this time, although Sinner still takes a tie, the German shuts it down. In three hours and seven minutes of epic battle.

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