Jannik Sinner risks to beat Moutet: "I had to sort out a few things"

The Italian found himself in great difficulty until the first game of the second set, before beating the Frenchman in 4 sets and qualifying for the Roland Garros quarterfinals

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Jannik Sinner risks to beat Moutet: "I had to sort out a few things"
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The match was going badly, with a real possibility of elimination, especially after the break suffered in the first game of the second set, yet Jannik Sinner managed to beat Corentin Moutet in four sets. Finding mental strength and tennis right in the moment of greatest difficulty, to qualify to the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros. The start was traumatic for the Italian player, who lost the first set 6-2, with the score could have been even clearer, given that Moutet found himself leading 5-0.

In the post-match interview, Alex Corretja asked Sinner about the difficulties he had in the first set. Difficulties also linked to the fact that Moutet did not give the Italian champion many points of reference, especially in dropshots and volleys.

"It was tough for me today. Moutet played very well in the first set, I also had chances but in the important points he always played better than me. I had to fix a few things. It should be underlined that he played a great tournament. The atmosphere in which the match was played was extraordinary," told Sinner.

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Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Corretja then underlined Sinner's ability to keep his emotions under control when the crowd at the Philippe Chatrier was cheering for the French player.

"I was thinking about myself, I wasn't thinking about the score, I was thinking about one point at a time. Maybe on the outside I give this feeling of always knowing how to control my emotions but the public was very fair and impartial. Obviously it would have been strange if they had all been here for me. It's very nice to play in the evening session on such a special court and the atmosphere was amazing," he explained.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

As mentioned, the inertia of the match changed at the beginning of the second set, when Jannik, a break behind, found the strength to go ahead 4-2 in the second set, and then dominate in the third and fourth sets. On this, Corretja then asked Sinner for his opinion on the difficulties that Moutet proposed to him.

"Moutet has a different tennis style than most of his opponents, plus he is a left-handed player and it is not often that you play against left-handed players, but I am satisfied to continue my run," analyzed Sinner.

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