Jannik Sinner was eliminated from the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament. © ANSA / SEBASTIEN NOGIER
After Jannik Sinner shone against Andrey Rublev on Thursday, victory was also within reach against his quarter-final opponent Alexander Zverev. After a great tennis match, Sextner was eliminated from the ATP 1000 tournament in Monte Carlo after a great fight and a great performance.
April 15, 2022
Zverev presented himself at least a class better than Rublev. Unlike the Russian, whom Sinner (ATP 12) beat in three sets in the round of 16 in Monte Carlo, the world number 3 hardly made any simple errors and generally showed a much higher pace. Whipped by the mostly Italian audience on Court Rainier III, Sinner was able to follow Zverev, 24, for more than three hours, but finally had to admit defeat in the tie-break (7: 5, 3: 6, 6: 7 (5:7)).
Sinner started strong and put a lot of pressure on Zverev, who has already won two Masters tournaments. Although the Hamburger, with the score 1: 2 from Sinner’s point of view, managed the first breakball, but afterwards Sinner showed no weakness. Towards the end of the first sentence, the South Tyrolean really turned up the heat. After Sinner took the game from his opponent after a monstrous exchange of blows to make it 6:5, the first set was decided. Sinner then served and used the ball from the first set to take a 1-0 lead.
Sinner forces tiebreaker
Sinner was also strong in a row. Another breakball gave the 20-year-old a 2-1 lead. Zverev then took a short break, had his thighs treated by his physical therapist and thus visibly upset Sinner. After that, nothing happened at Sextner. Zverev dominated the service game and grabbed all the important points – the set equalizer (6:3).
Alexander Zverev won the match on a tie-break. © APA / afp / VALERY HACHE
The duel between Zverev and Sinner entered the decisive third set. Sinner quickly conceded a break, but in return was able to convert his own break ball to 2:2. Contrary to the second sentence, Sinner reduced his error rate considerably. And so the match turned into a thriller, which – although Sinner was already 3:5 down – was only decided at the tie-break. There Sinner was close to victory, but with the chance to get a first match point, a backhand flew away. Zverev, on the other hand, took the opportunity and after 3:05 hours used the first match ball to win 2-1.