World no. 6 Jannik Sinner will likely skip the upcoming Davis Cup Group stage phase following a heartbreaking US Open loss. Italy will play against Canada, Sweden and Chile between September 12-17 in front of the home fans in Bologna, and Sinner will reportedly miss the action, needing time to recover and prepare for the season's final part.
Jannik reached the US Open fourth round, hoping to repeat last year's result and go even further. Instead, the Italian experienced a massive 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 loss to Alexander Zverev in four hours and 40 minutes! Sinner left the court in tears, giving everything but ending on the losing side.
Known for his poor record versus the top-10 rivals at Majors (2-13 ahead of the duel), Zverev gave everything to win this one, delivering an early break in the fifth set and bringing the victory home. Alexander won 11 points more than Jannik, blasting 16 aces and playing better in the decisive moments.
Zverev tamed his strokes nicely, firing 56 winners and 46 unforced errors. Sinner counted almost 70 mistakes and fell in another marathon, never winning a match with four hours on the clock!
Jannik Sinner needs time to recover following the US Open marathon.
The German seized six out of 14 break chances, defending eight out of 12 opportunities offered to his opponent and emerging at the top.
The opening set saw numerous deuces and back-to-back breaks in the middle games. Sinner squandered game points at 4-4 and got broken to fall behind. Zverev held at love in game ten with an ace for 6-4 in a grueling 68 minutes.
Sinner raised his level and forged a 3-0 advantage in the second set. Zverev pulled a break back before experiencing another setback at 2-3. Jannik served well in games seven and nine to clinch the set and level the overall score after an hour and 50 minutes.
The German kept the pressure on the other side in the third set, earning chances in three consecutive return games. Sinner survived five break points in the fourth game before losing ground. Alexander broke him in games six and eight, clinching the set 6-2 and hoping to seal the deal in the fourth.
The German denied break chances in the opening game, and they stayed neck and neck until 4-4. Eager to extend the battle, the Italian secured a break in the ninth game and held in the next one to grab the set 6-4 and force a decider after three hours and 50 minutes!
Not looking good in the previous set, Alexander made one last push and secured an early break in game two that gave him a boost. Zverev squandered game points in the next one and offered Sinner a break chance. The German saved it and produced a massive hold that pushed him 3-0 up.
They served well in the upcoming games, and Alexander served for the victory at 5-3. He came from 30-15 down and sealed the deal with a service winner, celebrating a massive win, his most notable one after returning from an injury.