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As Boris Becker once did: Sinner gives the show in Halle – Tennis

As Boris Becker once did: Sinner gives the show in Halle – Tennis

Jannik Sinner can take a deep breath: he has reached the quarter-finals after a tough battle.

Jannik Sinner reaches the quarter-finals of the grass tournament in Halle/Westphalia. What made the fans particularly happy was that Sinner was on the pitch longer than initially expected. And he once again hit a brilliant shot that has increasingly become his trademark.

On Tuesday, Jannik Sinner returned to action with a stunning points win in the first round against Talon Grekspor. He repeated this display on Thursday, paving his way to the quarter-finals. He defeated the strong Fabian Marozsan 6:4, 6:7, 6:3.

The scene of the match happened at the beginning of the third set: the second game was underway when Marozsan hit a stop shot over the net. Sinner looked like he was already beaten, but then he dove into the lane, somehow pushed the ball over the net and let it roll across the turf in best Boris Becker style. Sinner had already shown exactly the same shot in the first match, with one difference: this time his showmanship did not lead to a direct point win, because Marozsan was able to strike back again before Sinner, now collected, closed the door. bag. This paved the way for the important break making the score 2-0. After that, the South Tyrolean no longer allowed butter to be taken from his bread.

Marozsan has been on equal footing for a long time

In the previous two sets, the world No. 1 and No. 45 from Hungary fought a duel at eye level. They both served very well and were quickly looking for points in short rallies. Marozsan played his best tennis, while Sinner repeatedly made unusual forehand errors. With a break at 4:4, Sinner raced to win the first set. Marozsan dominated the second round after his counterpart was very careless and error-prone in the tie-break. A short time later, Sinner had the audience out of their seats with his show-stopping performance, leading him to the quarter-finals.

However, Sinner's workday in Halle was far from over, as early in the evening he and Hubert Hurkacz competed in a double quarter-final against French duo Doumbia/Ripoll. The match was narrowly lost after a tough battle.

Now against Struff

Sinner will play in the singles quarterfinals on Friday. The opponent is German local champion Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 41), who beat world number 11 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6:4, 6:4. Sinner remains unbeaten in his two duels with the German so far.

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