Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner felr "very happy" after surviving a tricky US Open third round clash against former world No. 6 Gael Monfils. Sinner, ranked at No. 17 in the world, overcame Monfils in five sets 7-6 (1) 6-2 4-6 4-6 6-4 to reach the US Open round-of-16.
In was the third meeting between the two and Sinner's second win over Monfils. "The atmosphere is insane so thank you to everyone for coming out today”. Sinner said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“When this atmosphere is here, Monfils plays incredible tennis. I had chances in the third set and fourth set and I didn’t manage to close it out. But I managed to stay there and I am very happy about the match today”.
Sinner happy he delivered in the fifth set
"I like playing best of five,” Sinner added. “Maybe it is better if I can close it out a little bit earlier, but it is a great feeling. You have some tough moments and you have to get through them.
Then in the important moments, you have to play your best tennis, which I have done”. Monfils paid the price for failing to serve out for the opener in the 12th game as Sinner dominated the first-set tie-break to steal the opener.
Sinner then broke Monfils twice in the second set to take a two-set lead. Sinner was also up by a break in the third set but Monfils responded with back-to-back breaks to win the third set and force a fourth set. Sinner was up by a double break in the fourth set but Monfils claimed three consecutive breaks to recover from a 4-0 deficit and force a fifth set.
After losing the last six games of the fourth set, Sinner broke Monfils in the opening game of the fifth set. Sinner then held on to his serve the rest of the way to clinch a five-set win. Sinner plays next against either Alexander Zverev or Jack Sock.