World No. 12 Jannik Sinner thought he did a lot of good things against Alexander Zverev even though he fell just short of beating the German. Sinner, seeded at No. 9, competed extremely well against second-seeded Zverev as the German escaped with a tight 5-7 6-3 7-6 (5) victory.
After the match, Sinner was asked about the key moment of the marathon match that lasted over three hours. “It's hard to say. There were so many key moments. It's hard to say now what I could have done differently, but I think I did a lot of good things," Sinner said after the match.
Sinner lost a thriller versus Zverev
Zverev made a good start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game. Sinner responded, breaking Zverev in the seventh and 11th games to overturn the deficit and steal the first set.
After winning the first set, Sinner made a good start to the second set as he broke Zverev in the third game. Down by a set and a break, Zverev refused to quit as he broke back SInner in the fourth game. Zverev then earned his second break of the second set in the eighth game, before serving out for the set in the following game.
Zverev was twice up by a break in the third set - including the 10th game when he was serving for the match - but Sinner twice recovered to force a tie-break. In the tie-break, the two players were tied at five points apiece before Zverev won two points in a row to escape with a three-set win.
“It means a lot, definitely, especially [with] how this year has been going so far for me," said Zverev after his marathon win. "I’ve lost long matches like that, so I’m happy I won this one." Even though Sinner lost, reaching the Monte Carlo quarterfinal was still a solid result.