Roland Garros: Daniel Altmaier stuns Jannik Sinner in a marathon

Daniel Altmaier defeated Jannik Sinner in five hours and 26 minutes

by Jovica Ilic
Roland Garros: Daniel Altmaier stuns Jannik Sinner in a marathon

Daniel Altmaier reached the Roland Garros fourth round on his Major debut in 2020. Daniel returned to Paris as a top-100 player this week and scored two wins to move into the last 32. Altmaier prevailed in an epic second-round clash versus the 8th seed Jannik Sinner, beating the Italian 6-7, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 after five hours and 26 minutes.

The German stayed composed in the crucial moments to prevail in one of the most extended Roland Garros encounters, receiving well-deserved standing ovations on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. They played another five-setter at the last year's US Open, and the Italian prevailed in that one.

Jannik had two match points today in the fourth set's tenth game. He squandered them on his serve and experienced an early exit when Daniel broke him in the decider's closing stages. Altmaier seized the fifth match point at 6-5 to start an emotional celebration of his first five-setter triumph!

Sinner claimed five points more than his opponent thanks to the third set, but not the crucial ones. The Italian built a massive advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, and the German reduced it in the mid-range and most advanced exchanges.

Jannik played better behind the second serve but could not take advantage of that after stumbling on the last step. Sinner converted six out of 21 break points, which is the crucial element of his defeat. They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, and nothing could separate them until the final point.

Both players served well early, reaching 3-3 in swift 20 minutes. They traded breaks in games seven and eight to remain neck and neck, serving well in the following four games to introduce a tie break. Jannik stayed focused and claimed the breaker 7-0 after Daniel's forehand error for a lead after 54 minutes.

The second set saw 11 commanding holds and one scare for Altmaier. The German netted a forehand in the fifth game and faced three break points. He denied them after Sinner's mistakes and brought the game home after a forehand down the line winner.

Daniel Altmaier saved two match points against Jannik Sinner at Roland Garros.

The returners had no chance in the remaining seven games, with another tie break deciding the winner. Altmaier earned an early mini-break and forged a 6-3 advantage after forcing Sinner's mistake.

The Italian denied all three set points and climbed back to 6-6. He erased another at 6-7 before the German clinched the fifth at 8-7 with a smash winner for a massive boost. Jannik took charge in the third set, serving well and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Sinner cracked a backhand down the line winner in the fourth game to earn a break and opened a 5-1 gap with another return game on his tally. The Italian closed the set with a service winner in game seven, hoping for more in the fourth.

Instead, the German raced into a 3-0 lead before losing it in the next games. Jannik pushed strong on the return in game nine and seized the fourth break chance for 5-4, serving for the victory in the next one. Sinner saved a break point and created two match points.

Altmaier defended superbly on the first and denied it after a lucky net cord winner. The German denied the second after the rival's loose backhand and broke back when the Italian sprayed a forehand error to level the score at 5-5.

The set went into a tie break, and Daniel won it 7-4 with a volley winner at the net to force a decider after four hours and 11 minutes. Altmaier served well and broke Sinner in the seventh game, building the advantage and serving for the victory at 5-4.

Jannik gave everything to extend the battle, converting the third break chance with a smash winner to lock the result at 5-5 and prolong the drama. However, he lost serve again in the 11th game to fall 6-5 behind. The German served for the victory for the second time in the 12th game, and they made it memorable!

Sinner denied four match points and created three break chances that could have introduced the deciding match tie break. Altmaier saved them and fired an ace down the T line on his fifth match point to celebrate a career-best victory.

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