Jannik Sinner gets brutally honest on how he felt about Holger Rune's antics

Sinner asked about Rune stopping the play and likely impacting his momentum in the key moments of the second set.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Jannik Sinner gets brutally honest on how he felt about Holger Rune's antics
© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Jannik Sinner claims he didn't mind Holger Rune's antics during their Monte Carlo Masters match although he may have been impacted by them and had to stay longer on the court than he should have. 

On Friday, No. 2 seed Sinner survived a major battle as he edged out seventh-seeded Rune 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 after nearly three hours of play. 

But before Sinner completed a three-set win, the match was briefly stopped - and it happened just in the moments when the Italian appeared to be heading toward breaking Rune and giving himself a chance to serve out for a two-set win. 

With Sinner having 0-30 on Rune's serve in the 11th game of the second set, the Dane was hit with a time violation and also received some boos. Rune didn't want to let the crowd have the last laugh, silencing them with a hand gesture. Rune was then slapped with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct, after which he stopped the play and called the supervisor. 

Holger Rune and supervisor Cedric Mourier
Holger Rune and supervisor Cedric Mourier © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

When the match continued, Rune won that 11th game despite facing three consecutive break points and later also the set - but Sinner managed to regain his focus and get the job done in three sets.

Sinner on the Rune antics in their Monte Carlo match

"There is nothing wrong with all of this. You can make a little bit of chaos. I've learned from last year a little bit. It's all part of the learning process," Sinner said of the incident.

Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune
Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

After missing out on two match points in the second-set tie-break and failing to get the job done in two sets, Sinner could have also found himself down by a break in the third set but he managed to save a break point in the fifth game. 

A couple of games later, Sinner earned the first break of the decider in the eighth game before serving out for the match in the following game. 

After losing to Rune in their first two meetings, Sinner has now tied their head-to-head to 2-2 after winning their last two matches.

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