Jannik Sinner extends his Major winning streak in Paris

Jannik Sinner defeated Chris Eubanks in the first round at Roland Garros

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Jannik Sinner extends his Major winning streak in Paris
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World no. 2 Jannik Sinner made a winning start at Roland Garros, beating Chris Eubanks 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes. The Italian controlled the pace on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, taming his strokes nicely and outplaying his rival in every department.

Eubanks reached the Wimbledon quarter-final a year ago. However, he could not keep that pace in the previous 11 months, standing no chance against one of the title favorites despite a decent effort. Jannik came to Paris with question marks over his abilities following a hip injury.

However, he looked good on the court, hoping for more in the rest of the event. Interestingly, both players created ten break chances. Sinner took charge in the pivotal moments, defending nine and delivering five breaks to sail over the finish line in straight sets and preserve energy on a rainy day in Paris.

Eubanks hit nine double faults and dropped almost half of the points in his games.

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The American got broken three times in the opener and played better in sets two and three.

However, the Italian broke him once in each to bring the victory home and improve to 8-0 at Majors in 2024. Jannik landed 33 winners and 24 unforced errors, leaving his rival on a 27-42 ratio. Sinner made the difference in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes.

He had a slight advantage in the most extended ones, while Eubanks stayed competitive in the mid-range exchanges. Sinner reached a deuce in the first game of the encounter before Eubanks brought it home with a powerful forehand.

World no. 2 closed the second game at love after an ace and made a push on the return in the next one. Jannik earned two break chances with a drop shot winner and clinched a break after Chris' loose forehand for a 2-1 advantage.

Sinner forced Eubanks' error in the fourth game, closing it at love and cementing the lead after 13 minutes.

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Jannik Sinner is off to a winning start at Roland Garros.

The Italian claimed another baseline rally in the fifth game and generated two break points. He seized the second with a sharp return and a caused error, extending his advantage and settling into a fine rhythm. Chris stepped in on the return in the sixth game and painted a backhand down the line winner for two break points.

The American seized the first after the Italian's double fault, pulling one break back and reducing the deficit. Chris saved a break point in the seventh game with a forehand attack and held after Jannik's careless forehand, remaining within one break deficit.

World no. 2 grabbed the eighth game with an unreturned serve, moving 5-3 in front and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the set. Eubanks squandered a game point, and Sinner earned a set point with a forehand crosscourt winner.

The American hit a double fault, handing the opener to the Italian 6-3 after 38 minutes.

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Jannik held at love at the beginning of the second set with an ace and made a push on the return in the next one, taming the rival's initial shot and creating three break chances with a backhand winner.

Sinner played a loose forehand in the third game, presenting Eubanks with a break point. World no. 2 saved it with a service winner and closed the game with a smash winner from the back of the court for 3-0. Eubanks reduced the deficit with a booming serve after a deuce in game four before Sinner clinched the next one at 15 after a service winner, forging a 6-3, 4-1 lead after an hour.

Chris missed a backhand in the sixth game and played against a break point. The American saved it with a forehand winner and held with another, reducing the deficit to 4-2. Jannik fired a service winner in the seventh game, holding at 30 and forcing his opponent to serve to stay in the set.

Eubanks claimed the eighth game with a forehand winner, hoping for one last chance on the return in the next one. Sinner netted a forehand and faced two break points. He erased them with precise serves before playing a wild forehand and experiencing the third break point.

World no. 2 denied it with a powerful serve and held with a forced error, opening a 6-3, 6-3 lead after an hour and 21 minutes. They played the third set under a closed roof, and Eubanks made a better start. The American produced a fine hold in the first game and earned three break points in the next one, using the Italian's worst period of the match.

Jannik hit a double fault and gave his rival two break points, denying them and erasing the third after Chris' loose forehand. Sinner gained a boost and clinched a break at love in game three, moving in front and closer to the finish line.

Jannik Sinner & Chris Eubanks, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Eubanks netted a forehand in the fourth game, propelling Sinner 3-1 in front and reducing his chances for a comeback.

They served well in the upcoming games, and Jannik opened a 5-3 advantage after holding from 0-30 in game eight. World no. 2 painted a backhand down the line winner on the return in game nine, creating a match point. Eubanks denied it with a forehand winner and held for 4-5.

Jannik served for the win in game ten and hit a double fault, offering Chris two break points and presenting more drama. The Italian saved them and created a match point with a backhand down the line winner. Sinner converted it with a service winner, sealing the deal and booking his place in the second round.

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