Jannik Sinner overcomes slow start and tops Corentin Moutet at Roland Garros

Jannik Sinner will compete in his second Roland Garros quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Jannik Sinner overcomes slow start and tops Corentin Moutet at Roland Garros
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World no. Jannik Sinner repeated his best Roland Garros result, reaching the first quarter-final in four years. Jannik overcame a slow start and defeated the home star Corentin Moutet 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 41 minutes, notching his seventh Major quarter-final and remaining on the title course.

Moutet brought his A-game in the opening set on Court Philippe-Chatrier, covering the court superbly and keeping the pressure on Sinner with a great mixture of slices and low-pace balls that troubled the Australian Open champion.

Jannik found the range from the second set, raising his level and dropping only six games by the end of the duel, following Carlos Alcaraz into the quarter-final. The Italian served at 65% and struggled behind the second serve.

Sinner faced six break points and suffered four breaks, three in a row at the beginning of the clash! Corentin made a flying start and almost bageled the Australian Open champion, missing set points.

Corentin Moutet, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

However, he could not keep that level after the opener, struggling on serve and return and ending his campaign in the fourth round despite a solid effort.

Sinner found the rhythm from the second set, stealing over half of the return points and converting eight out of 14 break points, doing enough to seal the deal in four sets. Thus, the Italian claimed his 11th straight Major win in 2024, hoping to back the Melbourne trophy with another in Paris.

Sinner tamed his strokes nicely and landed 4o winners and 31 unforced errors. Moutet embraced a 30-44 ratio, insufficient to keep him in contention. The Frenchman built a slim advantage in the most advanced rallies. Still, the Italian erased the deficit in the shortest and mid-range ones, dominating and scoring a comfortable win.

A left-hander grabbed an extended rally in the first game of the encounter, creating a break chance. Corentin covered the court beautifully and landed a forehand winner for a break and an early advantage.

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

Jannik Sinner took down Corentin Moutet in four sets at Roland Garros.

The home player forced an error from world no.

2 in game two, cementing the break and settling into a fine rhythm. Jannik hit a double fault in the third game, experiencing a break at love and falling 3-0 behind. Moutet painted a forehand crosscourt winner in the fourth game, doing everything right and extending the advantage.

The Frenchman fired a forehand down the line winner in the fifth game, generating a break point and converting it after the Italian's backhand error. Corentin served for the opener at 5-0 and created two set points with a drop shot winner after 25 minutes!

Jannik denied them and pulled one break back with a volley winner at the net, extending the battle. Sinner denied another set point on serve in the seventh game before Moutet held at 30 in the next one with a service winner, wrapping up the opener 6-2 after 40 minutes.

Corentin Moutet, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

With nothing working his way, Jannik played a loose drop shot after an extended rally at the beginning of the second set, losing serve and finding himself a set and a break down.

World no. 2 pulled the break back in game two and gathered a massive boost of confidence. Sinner produced two comfortable holds in games three and five, landing a service winner and opening a 3-2 gap. The Italian created two break points in the sixth game and converted the first with a smash winner for a 4-2 advantage.

Jannik held for 5-2 and generated three set points on the return in the next one. Corentin denied them and rattled off five points, holding and extending the battle. Sinner served for the set at 5-3 and earned three set points with a forehand winner.

The Italian seized the first with a powerful serve, taking the set 6-3 and leveling the overall score after an hour and 22 minutes. Jannik produced four comfortable holds in the third set, and Corentin failed to follow that pace.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Sinner painted a forehand winner in the first game for a break and an early advantage. The Italian secured the fourth game with a volley winner and made another push on the return at 3-1.

Moutet sprayed a backhand error, losing serve at love and falling further behind. Jannik served for the set at 5-2 and landed a service winner, closing it in style and moving two sets to one in front after two hours. The Frenchman could not improve his level in the fourth set, getting broken three times and sending the Italian over the top.

A left-hander lost serve in the first game after a forced error and faced two more break points at 0-2. Moutet saved them and claimed four straight points, remaining within one break deficit. Jannik held at love in game four and made another push on the return in the next one.

Corentin started the game with a foot fault, losing focus and dropping serve to fall 4-1 behind. Sinner saved a break point in the sixth game and grabbed a break at 15 in the next one, sealing the deal and reaching his second quarter-final in Paris.

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