Jannik Sinner explains why Alexander Zverev is so hard to beat at US Open

Sinner lost to Zverev in the US Open round-of-16.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jannik Sinner explains why Alexander Zverev is so hard to beat at US Open

Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner felt the confidence from Alexander Zverev's side while playing the German at the US Open. Zverev, ranked at No. 4 in the world, has been absolutely phenomenal over the last month, winning the Tokyo Olympics and Cincinnati Masters.

Sinner was hoping he would be the one to end Zverev's winning streak but that didn't happen as the Gernan claimed a 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7) win to progress into the US Open quarterfinal. "I think, yes. As I said, you know, he's in confidence now.

Winning Olympics, winning Cincinnati, and now here he's playing well, so I think he's serving well. Physically he's good. I have to say he's very fast on court as well, recovering the balls," Sinner said of Zverev. "I think that what he has improved is, yeah, is the serve.

But everything, you know, also when he had the year where he didn't play his best tennis, but he ended up in top 10, you know, which is not easy, as well. "He always got to the Masters event in the end of the year. So, you know, he's a very, very solid player.

Here he's not easy to beat."

Sinner had his chances in the third set

Zverev claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and served out for the opener in the 10th game. Zverev earned his second break of the match in the ninth game of the second set and saved tek break points in the following game to take a two-set lead.

After taking a two-set lead, Zverev made a good start to the third set, having broken Sinner in the third game. However, Sinner refused to give up, breaking back Zverev in the eighth game. Sinner then had a chance to win the third set but he failed to realize two consecutive set points in the 12th game.

Sinner then blew three more break points in the third-set tie-break, before Zverev realized his first match point to book a straight-set win.

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