The winning grip is tight: Jannik Sinner showed off a great game on Saturday. © BELGA / LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ
It is impressive what Yannick Sener presented at the European Open (ATP 250) in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday afternoon. His semi-final victory was a show of strength, and a tennis lesson, thanks to which he will now fight for his fifth ATP title on Sunday.
October 23, 2021
Lloyd Harris is “only” #32 in the world, but is currently considered one of the most intimidating players of this round. The fact that he was executed by Jannik Sinner (ATP 13) on Saturday in just 1.27 hours with 6:2, 6:2 shows just how powerful Sextner is currently. The 20-year-old played cat-and-mouse with his opponent and provided tennis near perfection throughout the match. It was one of the best games played by the youngster from Pusteria this year. Bonus: Sixth ATP Final, and fifth this season.
This will take place on Sunday from 4.30 pm. The contender next is Argentine superstar Diego Schwartzman, who ranks 14th in the world rankings and is second behind Sinner in Antwerp. The 29-year-old from Buenos Aires won the semi-final against American boy Jenson Broxby (ATP 70) 6:4, 6:0 and is now facing South Tyrol for the first time. In any case, the record in the finals gives Sinner courage: In five matches, he left the field as a four-time tournament winner.
The sinner fascinates the audience
And his appearance on Saturday showed that the falling star from Val Pusteria should not fear any opponents for the time being. Sinner showed almost no sign of weakness the entire game on the fast rooftop in the lounge in Antwerp, the first serve (the problem area in the last few weeks) came from one source, and the forehand was tongues anyway and light. Errors were counted with one hand. Understandably, the young man delighted the audience. His opponent, Harris, was less enthusiastic, and continued to shake his head helplessly at first – a gesture that continued throughout the match.
In the first set, Sinner walked away with two breaks in a dash to 4:0 and closed the set after just over 40 minutes. The second section started with the same key. Harris who didn’t play badly desperately tried to get in some way, but it shouldn’t work. With two breaks, the South African team trailed at 1:4. During his own serve, Sinner only shivered once for a brief moment when he had to block three break opportunities in the sixth game. Here, the tall Pusterer kept his nerve in champ style and turned around the first match point shortly thereafter.
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