Jannik Sinner explains his Paris Masters withdrawal

Jannik Sinner played until 2:30 am on Thursday in Paris

by Jovica Ilic
Jannik Sinner explains his Paris Masters withdrawal
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World no. 4 Jannik Sinner will not seek his fifth title of the season at the Paris Masters. The Italian withdrew ahead of the third-round clash against Alex de Minaur after completing the previous duel after 2:30 am! Jannik battled against Mackenzie McDonald in the second round and prevailed 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes.

The organizers scheduled six matches on the central court on Wednesday, with a couple of marathon duels. Jannik and Mackenzie hit the court after midnight and stayed in action until past 2:30. Thus, the Italian had under 12 hours to prepare for his third-round duel, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Not willing to risk anything ahead of the ATP Finals, Jannik withdrew and sent Alex into the last eight, focusing on the ATP Finals at home in Turin. Sinner and McDonald stayed neck and neck in the opening two sets before the Italian shifted into a higher gear in the decider, avoiding playing until 3:00 am!

Jannik Sinner withdrew from the Paris Masters after playing until 2:30 am.

They made a great start, serving well in the opening six games. Jannik grabbed a break in the ninth game and served for the set, only to suffer a break at love at 5-4 and keep the rival in contention.

Mackenzie secured the tie break 8-6 after Jannik's massive volley error, gaining a boost and hoping for more in set number two. Sinner served well in the second set, breaking his opponent in the 12th game to force a decider and extend their late-night agony.

A better-ranked player served well in the final set, and the American failed to follow that pace. Jannik broke in games four and six, moving 5-1 up and sealing the deal with a forehand winner in game seven. "I'm sorry to announce that I'm withdrawing from today's match in Bercy.

I finished the match at almost 3 in the morning and did not go to bed until a few hours later. I had less than 12 hours to rest and prepare for the next game. I have to make the right decision for my health and my body. The weeks ahead with the ATP Finals at home and the Davis Cup will be very important.

I'm focused on preparing for these important events. See you in Turin! Forza!" Jannik Sinner said.

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