Jannik Sinner: 'Facing a good friend is never easy'

Jannik Sinner defeated Diego Schwartzman in the Wimbledon second round

by Jovica Ilic
Jannik Sinner: 'Facing a good friend is never easy'

Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic are the only players who have secured a place in the Wimbledon third round after the third day. It's so far so good at The All England Club for the Italian, who defeated his good friend Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.

Jannik explained it's always challenging to play against a good friend and the doubles partner, and he was also pleased with how he performed. Sinner feels more comfortable on grass than before, balancing slices and attacking strokes.

Schwartzman stayed in touch with Sinner in the opener, creating a break chance at 5-5 and losing ground after that. The Italian landed 38 winners and 35 unforced errors, blasting 15 aces and losing serve once. Jannik stole 47% of the return points and delivered six breaks that carried him home.

Sinner saved a break point at 3-3 with an ace and played against another at 5-5. Schwartzman missed a backhand and never looked like a competitor in the rest of the clash. Diego netted a forehand in the 12th point and faced three set points.

Jannik seized the first to clinch the opener 7-5 and gain a boost. The Italian served well in the second set and kept the pressure on the other side. Sinner broke in the fourth game with a smash winner at the net and held after deuce in the next one.

Jannik Sinner spoke about facing his good friend Diego Schwartzman.

Jannik landed a backhand down the line return winner in the sixth game to deliver another break and serve for the set at 5-1. The young gun held at 15 with a service winner to move 7-5, 6-1 in front after an hour and 24 minutes.

They traded breaks early in the third set, and Schwartzman squandered three game points at 2-2. He sprayed a forehand error to lose serve and move closer to the exit door. Sinner held at love in game six and grabbed his third straight break of serve with a smash winner in the next one for 5-2.

The Italian sealed the deal with an ace in game eight to find himself in the third round. "We were tight at the beginning. This was our first match on grass, and I found the right pattern. It's a good feeling, and I'm happy to be in the next round.

It's not easy to say that grass is my favorite surface, as we do not play on it often. But I'm more used to it than before, and my shot selection is better. I know when to use my slice and everything, but there is still room for improvement.

Playing against a good friend is always challenging. Diego and I played doubles this year and got along nicely. Every match is different, and let's see what the next round brings," Jannik Sinner said.

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