Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner, 18, admitted even he was surprised after winning 11 consecutive games against world No. 12 David Goffin at the French Open. Sinner, ranked at No. 74 in the world, thrashed No. 11 seed Goffin 7-5 6-0 6-3 to set up a second round meeting against French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi.
The two players were all tied at five games apiece in the first set, before Sinner won 11 games in a row to open a 7-5 6-0 3-0 lead. Goffin served out the fourth game of the third set to stop Sinner's run but it didn't affect the outcome of the match as the Italian routinely served out the rest of the to claim the win.
"I never expected that,” Sinner said of his 11-game streak, per the ATP website. “I was playing well from the beginning of the second set. I felt comfortable on court trying to go with the backhand a little bit more down the line and to open the court a little bit.
"Obviously, it's not easy playing against him. I know him quite well before, we practised together quite a lot in Cincinnati, the US Open, Monaco. He's a great guy. You go on court obviously to win. The first set was very tight, a lot of breaks of serve, and it was the key to manage to win the service games quite easily.
In the beginning, that was not easy. He was returning well. I was not serving that well. But the balls here are very heavy. The court was heavy. It was not easy. But when you win the first set and go up a break, it's a little bit easier to play.
I mean, he's a Top 15 player, so you always have to be focused. I tried to do that, and today it worked.
Goffin wasn't thrilled with his performance against Sinner
2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up Goffin gave credit to Sinner but underlined he didn't play a good match.
"Even if he played well today, it was not a good match, of course, on my side. It's tough to lose a match like that, but it's a great player. When I saw that I was playing against him first round, I knew it was going to be tough, especially in the first round when you have no rhythm. I didn't have a win on the clay," Goffin said.