Daniel Altmaier couldn't hold back his tears at the end of a match that saw him cancel two match points in the fourth set and overtake one of the best players on the Tour. The German knocked out Jannik Sinner, one of the main suspects to reach the semifinals at the Roland Garros.
Altmaier never gave up despite his opponent's score and valor. Even when he found himself one step away from defeat, he thought about all the sacrifices he had made throughout his career and found the strength to raise his head again.
Next Saturday he will have the chance to conquer the second week in Paris. To achieve the important goal, however, he will have to contend with a Grigor Dimitrov in great form. The German explained in the press conference: "I felt crazy emotions.
crowd was crazy, I really thank all the fans. A week before reaching Paris, I went fishing with my father to calm down. I knew a tennis player like Sinner would fight to the end. They don't care if they face match point, they miss a smash.
They are incredible opponents, and Sinner proved it. I too am used to always fighting to the end. This victory means a lot to me. I've been working hard for the last few weeks. Match points cancelled? At that moment it's not easy to think about tactics, because he was serving.
You have to answer your best first and then stick to your game plan. He took the initiative and I had to react well to recover the exchange. Each point has its own story. You don't have to focus on scoring, I think that's the key.
I think our brains don't have the capacity to solve all problems, so it's important to stay in the present and try to execute the shots as best as possible."
The premature elimination of Sinner has opened up the men's draw even more in the bottom half.
Altmaier scoppia a piangere dopo aver battuto Sinner 🥺
Complimenti a questo grande avversario 👏#Sinner | #RolandGarros | #EurosportTENNIS pic.twitter.com/N29OskbdtL — Eurosport IT (@Eurosport_IT) June 1, 2023
Borna Coric, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov will now be the main suspects for a place in the semifinals. In fact, Daniil Medvedev also left the tournament in his debut against the Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild. The Russian fell short of expectations, especially considering that a few days ago he won his first clay court tournament at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
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