Rennae Stubbs impressed by Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner after a long battle lasting more than four hours succumbed to Carlos Alcaraz

by Simone Brugnoli
Rennae Stubbs impressed by Jannik Sinner
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Jannik Sinner - after a long battle lasting more than four hours - succumbed to Carlos Alcaraz, stopping one step short of his first historic final at Roland Garros. A very generous test put on the court by the Italian champion, who today on the Philippe Chatrier gave everything he had, and perhaps even more.

Not even cramps, which occurred during the course of the match, stopped the immense fortitude of the boy from Val Pusteria, who finished in complete reserve, understandably, after the many weeks of stop due to the hip problem.

A defeat that certainly does not downgrade the 22-year-old, who from Monday will have the joy of seeing himself at the top of the world ranking, with full merit. Sinner leaves Paris with a new awareness. Even clay, the only surface with which he has never really bonded, can give him great satisfaction, in the near future.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Who knows, maybe in the same French capital in just under two months. "I think it was a great match. He played better in the important moments of the sets he won. That was the key. Of course I'm disappointed with how it ended, but it's part of the process and part of my growth.” Former doubles No.1 Rennae Stubbs reflected on the French Open semifinal.

Rennae Stubbs on the French Open semifinal

"This match and the ability of this dudes is unreal. Hitting the ball so hard. Average FH 76mph from Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner 81mph. Just awesome," commented former doubles No. 1 and Serena Williams' ex-coach Rennae Stubbs.

Jannik Sinner has been eliminated from Roland Garros in the last two editions, losing in matches in which he won more points than his opponent. It seems impressive and is inconceivable in almost any other sport, but the Italian won against Alcaraz 147 points, compared to the Spaniard's 145. In addition, last year against Altmaier, he scored more points than the German, with 198 to his opponent's 193.

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