It is a decidedly black period for Jannik Sinner. After the tremendous disappointment in Rome, there comes an even harder one to digest from a technical point of view and the specific weight of the event. After five hours and 28 minutes the Italian surrendered to Daniel Altmaier in one of the Roland Garros longest matches of the last few years.
6(0)-7 7-6(7) 1-6 7-6(4) 7-5 was the final result. That match was not simple for the Italian number one, could also be deduced from the only precedent between the two, which took place last year at the US Open. Also in that case the match was very tight and resolved in five sets, but in that case it was the Italian who won.
Now the revenge of the German, who right from the start has shown that he can play it on equal terms with the number 9 in the ranking.
One of the longest matches in recent years
The very tight first set is decided at the tie break, which the Italian takes home with great authority, not conceding a single point to his opponent (7-0).
The second set is also decided in the tie break, but this time it is the German who wins it. In the third set, Sinner takes the chair and dominates, also thanks to an evident empty pass by the Kempen tennis player. When the game seemed to flow towards the end credits, here, Altmaier forcefully returns to the game and first wins the draw, and then success in a heart-pounding match, in which both had real chances to bring it home.
Many recriminations for Simone Vagnozzi's pupil, who too often wasted potential match balls, thanks to which he could have directed the match in his favor. The clash between the two, which saw the world number 79 triumph unexpectedly, became the longest match in the Parisian Grand Slam since 2020, when Lorenzo Giustino beat Corentin Moutet in 6 hours and 5 minutes in the first round.
Instead, that match arouses sweet memories in the Italian fans. At the first in Paris, the Neapolitan beat the home player 8-16 in the 5th set. Now Sinner will focus himself for upcoming season on grass-courts.
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