Jannik Sinner is the famous star in the Austrian capital. © APA/Eva Manhart
Jannik Sinner continues to gain momentum in Vienna! On Thursday evening, Lorenzo Sonego wasn’t given the slightest chance in a sold-out City Hall. Success in the Italian duel has a double meaning.
October 26, 2023
While Sinner had plenty of trouble in his opener in Vienna against superstar talent Ben Shelton on Wednesday, his second appearance was a showcase by comparison. He defeated Sonego 6:2, 6:4.
The confrontation between the fourth-placed player in the world rankings and the number 52 from Turin was a clear affair for an hour and a half. Sonego certainly knew how to please everyone, as he repeatedly varied his playing style and tried to tempt Sinner out of his reserve. But he remained calm, focused, and driven.
The sinner is flawless
Sinner immediately took a second serve from his opponent, later earning another break and winning the first set early. After that, Sonego held, but losing serve at 3:3 paved the way for Sinner to win. He was once again in great form, impressing with an almost flawless serving performance and a total of 19 winners.
This is the fourth victory for Sinner in the fourth confrontation with Sonego this season. The 28-year-old competitor has only managed to win the set once. Sinner and Sonego will meet again in the Davis Cup finals scheduled in Malaga at the end of next November.
The quarter-final cracker awaits
Pusterer will now face Frances Tiafoe (ATP 14) in the next round in Vienna on Friday at 7.30pm. This gives the South Tyrol side the chance to get revenge on Tiafoe after last year’s semi-final exit in Vienna. This was his first defeat against the 25-year-old American in the third match.
Regardless of the outcome of the quarterfinals, Sinner has already earned 90 ATP points and nearly $70,000 in bonuses in Vienna. And with that, the 22-year-old is forever pushing himself Ranking of prize money Just ahead of Andreas Seppi in 68th place. The Sixteen man has so far collected around $11,846,000, while Kalterer, who retired last year, has amassed $11,816,000 in prize money in his long career. For comparison: The undisputed top seed, Novak Djokovic, earned $175,281,500.
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