Jannik Sinner chases another important record

Sinner is increasingly in the history of Italian tennis

by Simone Brugnoli
Jannik Sinner chases another important record
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It is a particularly happy time for Italian tennis, especially for Jannik Sinner. The Italian celebrated two important events in his career on Tuesday. His first semifinal at Roland Garros, obtained thanks to his victory over Grigor Dimitrov, but above all his first position in the ranking, thanks to Novak Djokovic's withdrawal due to a knee problem.

In addition to the one achieved by Jannik, who on Friday will face Carlos Alcaraz on Philippe Chatrier for a place in the final, there have been 23 other Italian semifinals in the Slams, of which 16, counting both the pre-Era-Open period and the Era Open period, took place on the Parisian clay.

Corentin Moutet and Jannik SInner
Corentin Moutet and Jannik SInner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Sinner and Berrettini chase Pietrangeli

Jannik Sinner is officially the 29th tennis player to reach the first position in the ATP ranking, the first in the history of Italian tennis. A sudden climb, after a slow swing, with the explosion towards the end of 2023 and from that moment he has never stopped.

Of the sixteen total semifinals at Roland Garros, 10 are from the pre Open Era period. Nicola Pietrangeli is the record holder with 4 semifinals in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1964.

The two-time champion in Paris, if we take into account the other Slams, leads with 5. Pietrangeli who then on two of these occasions won the tournament, in 1959 and 1960 while losing in the finals in 1961 and 1964.

In 1960 the Tunis native also finished in the top four at Wimbledon. Behind him then comes Jannik Sinner, who is the only one, along with Matteo Berrettini, to have collected three semifinals in three different majors.

Jannik Sinner
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In addition to the Paris tournament, Jannik has also advanced to the Australian Open, where he triumphed this year, and the London Open. Similar path for the Roman, who, however, has never gone beyond the quarters in Paris.

Adriano Panatta on the other hand, a specialist on clay has pushed into the top four three times at Roland Garros. His victory in 1976 was historic. At 2 follows Corrado Barazzutti, historic captain of the Davis Cup from 2001 to 2020.

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