Jannik Sinner was one of the most anticipated tennis players on the eve of the ATP in Beijing, but his first round in the tournament was extremely complicated from a physical point of view. Several blackouts for the Italian number one who, after winning the first set, served for the second and was close to victory several times.
This did not happen and the British Daniel Evans created more problems for him than expected and was at one point very close to knocking him out. At the beginning of the third set a curious episode that made some people indignant.
Jannik asked the physiotherapist for a small physical problem and Evans, half seriously, responded by imitating and almost making fun of him. All done naturally with a smile, but a dig that did not go unnoticed during the match and especially on the web.
Evans brutally mocks Sinner for physical problems WATCH
The decisive set does not start well for Sinner, who lands badly after a smash at the net and begins to feel physical problems in his right thigh. Despite the difficulties, the Italian gets a break at the first useful opportunity.
In the following service Sinner shortens the exchanges, takes even more risks but thanks to two aces he takes the lead to 3-0. No medical timeout for coach Simone Vagnozzi's athlete, who however requires the intervention of the physiotherapist at almost every change of pitch to intervene on his right and left thigh.
Evans senses the opportunity and doesn't give up: at 3-1 the backhand abandons the Italian player and the Briton erases the deficit. With the possibility of reaching 5-3, Sinner falls disastrously to the ground to recover a forehand from the Englishman.
The number 4 of the Race is quickly treated and takes advantage of the decisive break. It's the right time to close 6-3 and advance to the second round.
For Sinner now waiting for the next match where he will face one between the Japanese Nishioka and the Chinese wild card Shang.
For the Italian player, he is curious to understand his physical conditions in view of the next matches. Here is the curious and criticized video:
Jannik calls the physio, he started limping at the beginning of the 3rd set.