Jannik Sinner joined other Italian legends

Jannik Sinner made the history of Italian tennis

by Simone Brugnoli
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Jannik Sinner joined other Italian legends
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With his success over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters, Jannik Sinner qualified for the semifinals of Roland Garros for the first time in his career. With the one achieved in Paris, the total tally of Slam semifinals by Italian players touches 23.

In this article we focus on the semifinals of Italian players in Roland Garros alone. Slam moreover traditionally more favorable to our players since of the total 23 Slam semifinals as many as 16 counting both the pre Era-Open and Era Open periods occurred on Parisian clay.

Jannik Sinner
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Jannik Sinner made history

The whole of tennis Italy rallied (and there was absolutely no doubt) around Jannik Sinner, who on June 4 wrote another important page in the history of his career. The South Tyrolean, as he was about to play the last games in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros against Grigor Dimitrov, could sense from the court as if it was official the news that from Monday he will become the new number one in the world.

It was Novak Djokovic's withdrawal due to injury-inadvertently-that made this day unforgettable for the South Tyrolean. So many people dedicated congratulatory messages on social media to the 22-year-old from San Candido.

Of the sixteen total semifinals at Roland Garros, 10 date back to the pre-Open Era. Nicola Pietrangeli is the record holder with 4 semifinals in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1964.

Pietrangeli then won the tournament on two of these occasions, in 1959 and 1960 while losing in the final in 1961 and 1964. Going even further back in time, Giorgio De Stefani played two semifinals: one in 1932, a tournament in which he then reached and lost the final, and in 1934, in which he was defeated.

Two semifinals also for Giuseppe Merlo in 1955 and 1956, defeated on both occasions. A semifinal then for Uberto De Morpurgo, lost in 1930 and for Orlando Sirola in 1960. As for the Open Era: three semifinals for Adriano Panatta: 1973, 1975, 1976 with two defeats in the semifinals in 1973 and 1975 and the unforgettable success in the 1976 tournament.

A loss for Corrado Barazzutti in 1978 and the one lost by Marco Cecchinato in 2018. Obviously to all these players now adds Jannik Sinner (2024) who on Friday against Carlos Alcaraz will try to continue his Parisian journey and become after Adriano Panatta the second Italian in the final at Roland Garros in the Open Era.

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