Starts well, undergoes, recovers, in a test of strength and endurance, Jannik wins his first victory with the Belarusian
All relative, but what a tremendous effort. The player that Wimbledon had not admitted to Church Road (no warmongers, we are English) and that in New York both the world number 10 Hubert Hurkacz and the blue Lorenzo Musetti (conditioned by a blister at the index) had found irresistible – the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka28 year old from Minsk sitting on the 73rd step of the ranking -, is chewed in five bites (6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3) by one Jannik Sinner certainly not in a deluxe version (the first service tonight the object of desire: 14 double faults, just 46% of first balls in the field) but regardless of the sticky heat that announces rain in New York and deaf to the echo of the earthquake that Monday rocked the US Open: Rafa Nadalthe man who this year was undefeated in the Grand Slams (successes at the Australian Open and Paris, forced retirement due to injury in London), the phenomenon who was aiming for the 23rd Major title to break away in the run-up to immortality Djokovic (absent because he was not vaccinated) and Federer (still in dry dock), eliminated in the third round by the American Frances Tiafoeson of immigrants to the United States from Sierra Leone, irresistible when the cheering uproots his fighting spirit.
The surprise Nadal
Certainly a surprise, although Nadal returned from yet another physical ailment and had his head in Manacor, on the beloved island of Mallorca, where his pregnant wife Xisca rushed to the hospital for a check-up. I was not able to keep the level high for long, I lost to an opponent who was better than me today, said the Spaniard, a gentleman as always in defeat. Tiafoe, who finds Rublev in the quarters, hopes to bring the name of an enfant du pays back to the New York roll of honor nineteen years later. Andy Roddick (2003).
Scoreboard still very open
Billboard of the Open USA very open, at this point, with two aspiring sorcerers made in Italy in the quarter-finals as already happened in Australia in January: Matteo Berrettini miraculously released alive from the five sets with Davidovich Fokina and engaged on Tuesday (live on Discovery + from 6pm) with the Norwegian Casper Ruud finalist in Paris and Jannik Sinner, fresh from the melee with the very hard bone Ivashka. Too much grace, holy tennis.
A test of endurance
Assisted by the new couple of coach Vagnozzi-Cahill in the stands, Jannik is not afraid of the regularity of Ivashka who had nailed Musetti very far from the bottom line: he holds the command of the operations, he starts great, suffers the return of the Belarusian, returns master in the third, he eats his hands for the three wasted break points in the eighth game of the fourth. The fifth, which begins after an abundant three hours of play, a delicate balancing act between fatigue and errors, Ivashka does not give up and Sinner does not find the first serve, vital with a counter who goes to a wedding on the second of him. Blue break, counter-break, there is no peace for Jannik who advances under pressure, always threatened by the counter-offensive talent of his rival. At 3-1 for the Belarusian, it seems over. And instead Sinner manages to mend the disadvantage, he clings to a granite mental state in the evening when tennis (service, response) is in hiding. He finds the ace (only 5 in total), the thread of the game, the victory in five sets that gives confidence, morale (from the anthology the cross straight passer turning his back to the net at 5-3) and terrifies his opponents. Jannik annexed his first victory with the Belarusian he had never crossed before, a test of strength and endurance that will be remembered as an important milestone in his growth and which earned him the first quarter in New York of his career, and cast his gaze on the last stretch of road that separates him, the predestined 21-year-old rolled down from the peaks of Alto Adige when he seemed directed towards a life as a skier, to the goal: his first victory in a Grand Slam tournament. soon to talk about it, of course, Sinner is waiting for the winner from Alcaraz-Cilic, for Rafa Nadal expelled from his segment of the scoreboard he allows glimpses of very blue light.
September 6, 2022 (change September 6, 2022 | 08:48)
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