Jannik Sinner got a 'painful' data, like Roger Federer did in 2019

The Italian champion ended the match against Alcaraz with a statistic that compares him to a similar one obtained by the Swiss Maestro in one of his epic matches hen played 5 years ago

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jannik Sinner got a 'painful' data, like Roger Federer did in 2019
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The improvements in his clay-game were evident at Roland Garros, but Jannik Sinner crashed out in the semifinals against an opponent - Carlos Alcaraz - who mentally bit the match in the decisive moment.

Analyzing the last two defeats suffered by the Italian at the French Open, the statistics highlight a very bitter data for the Italian. In both matches that resulted in his elimination in 2023 and 2024, Sinner won more points than his opponents: 198-193 in the match with Daniel Altmaier last year and 147-145 in the one against Alcaraz.

A truly unusual data, which illustrates the uniqueness of a sport like tennis, where bringing home more points than your rival may sometimes not be enough to make the difference between victory and defeat. The same thing happened to Roger Federer in the epic 2019 Wimbledon final; the Swiss Maestro scored more points than Novak Djokovic, but it was the Serbian who lifted the trophy to the sky.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The battle between Sinner and Alcaraz ended in the fifth set, after 4 hours and 9 minutes. The Italian, initially leading 2 sets to 1, surrendered in the decisive set of play. The Spaniard did well to reopen the match in the final part of the fourth set and start the fifth set with an aggressiveness that perhaps surprised Sinner. Alcaraz thus became the youngest tennis player capable of reaching the final act of a Slam on all surfaces, achieving the feat even before turning 22. Sinner can still be satisfied with the journey he experienced in Paris, especially considering that from next Monday he will be the new ATP No.1 and the first Italian to sit on the throne of the ATP ranking.

Furthermore, Sinner will not be able to break a curse that has hovered over the ATP Tour since the Open era began. It will therefore not be the 22 year old from Val Pusteria who will break a curse that has never been dispelled in the Open era. In fact, no one has been able to win the second Slam title immediately after winning the first.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Dan Istitene / Staff Getty Images Sport

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