by Jens Heber
Last edit: Sep 05, 2021 at 05:26 am
By Jens Hueber in New York City
Louis Armstrong Stadium was very crowded on Saturday afternoon, and Gael Monfils’ name still attracts fans to the arenas. On the other hand, Jannik Sinner has such memories of this particular stadium, two years ago he had his first talent test at Grand Slam level against Stan Wawrinka. In the meantime, Sinner has established himself in the seed class at a major tournament and was recently able to win the ATP Tour 500 in Washington.
Jannik Sinner is now in the Round of 16 of the US Open. The 20-year-old showed a very choppy performance against Gael Monfils, repeatedly being pushed out of rhythm by picks from the French. On the other hand, Monfils initially missed the first set home delivery with his own sending in a 6-5 lead. This may have given the match a different direction. Because towards the end of the third set, Monfils showed what he was still in his 35-year-old body for a few days: He digested helplessness in the break, winning the Tour to thunderous cheers from the crowd.
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Sinner took a short toilet break, remained calm, and got a break at the beginning of the fourth, then a second. the decision? Scheduled. Gael Monfils won six games in a row, and Sinner lost the entire thread.
Same story in the decision: a sinner with the early break, Moonves with the need to come back. Which almost led to a tie in the sixth half. But Monfils did not get any other opportunities. After a playing time of 3:43 hours, Sinner won 7:6 (1), 6:2, 5:7, 4:6 and 6:4. With this success, he also earned important battle points for a place in the final season in Turin. In the second round, Sinner can meet with Alexander Zverev, who first has to defeat Jack Sock.
The second Italian had to fight harder: Matteo Berrettini had to go the full distance against Ilya Ivashka, and finally won 6:7 (5), 6:2, 6:4, 2:6 and 6:3. Berrettini will play against Oscar Otti on Monday beat the third Italian still on the plate, Andreas Seppi, in four sets.
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