Jannik up a break in the third set vs Diez, 6-4 4-6 4-2 Diez serving.
This would explain their absence from the ongoing Rome Challenger. Thanks!An interesting mini-tournament has been going at the Foro Italico in Rome since last Saturday, May 4, concerning the upcoming Italian Championships. According to the website sportface.it, it involves pre-qualifying for next week's tournament, with the winner of the men's singles event gaining a wildcard into either the qualifying draw or the actual main singles draw in Rome. Jannik Sinner is the no. 2 seed in the men's draw and has reached the semi-finals, where he will face fellow 17-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.
For more on this event (in Italian), including the draw for the men's event, see here: https://www.sportface.it/tennis/prequalificazioni-internazionali-bnl-ditalia-2019-tabellone-maschile/732816
It sounds like the TennisAustralia playoffs they hold in mid-December for an AO WC. Duckworth won it, got a MD WC. Saville lost the final and went into the qualies.Yes, and it's a bit clearer now. The winner of the men's singles event at the special pre-qualifying tournament will definitely be awarded a wildcard into the main singles draw in Rome. However, if Andreas Seppi gains direct entry into the same main singles draw, then the runner-up in this special event will also be awarded a wildcard into the main singles draw for next week's tournament. Most of the players taking part in this special pre-qualifying tournament are, in fact, 23 or under. The semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.
Sinner’s opponent in the final will be Andrea Basso (age 25), who also played the Ostrava Challenger last week (lost to Novak R16).A long, close semi-final earlier today at the Foro Italico in Rome between Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti. The latter player took the first set on the tiebreak, 7-6(5), and reached match point on the Sinner serve at 5-4, 30-40, in the second set. However, Sinner won the next point and the game before breaking to lead 6-5. Another break of serve followed, resulting in another tiebreak in which Sinner led 3-0 only for Musetti to come back to lead 5-3. But Sinner went ahead again, 6-5 and then 7-6, before winning the next point and the second set, 7-6(6).
In the final set Sinner dropped serve in the first game but broke back straight away and held to 2-1. Leading 4-3 Sinner broke the Musetti serve again for 5-3. In the next game Sinner led 40-0, three match points, but was pulled back to deuce before steadying himself and completing a hard-earned victory, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-3.
Sinner vs The Package 1R.The final wildcard for next week's Italian Open has indeed been awarded to Jannik Sinner, so he won't have to go through the main qualifying event this weekend after all. The Rome tournament will mark the 17-year-old's debut in a Masters Series event.
Almost right. It was match game at 5-3 on Johnson’s serve. Sinner was never down double break in the third set, broken only once to give Johnson a 3-1 lead. The 2-5 game was on Sinner’s serve and he held.Jannik Sinner has a very good, deceptively simple technique, a keen tactical sense, excellent movement and a cool temperament. All of these attributes were on display yesterday on centre court at the Foro Italico in Rome during his first-round match against Steve Johnson, especially in the third and deciding set.
In that third set the American played well to lead 5-2, 40-30, match point on his own serve, but a brave shot from Sinner won the Italian the next point and when he won the next two points to pull back to 3-5, a buzz went round the stands on centre court. Justifiably so as the winning of that eighth game heralded a run of five games in a row for the 17-year-old Italian who played some lovely, instinctive and forcefully confident tennis as he moved steadily towards victory.
Lacking in inspiration there was nothing that Steve Johnson could do to stem the flow, and it is to his credit that he warmly congratulated Sinner on his win when the two players met at the net at the end of the match. Final score: 1-6, 6-1,7-5.
The wildcards have been announced for this year's French Open and Jannik Sinner's name isn't on the list, an indication that he probably won't be making his major debut there in 2019.
Roland Garros 2019 wildcards (men's singles)
1. BARRÈRE, Grégoire (FRA)
2. HALYS, Quentin (FRA)
3. HOANG, Antoine (FRA)
4. JANVIER, Maxime (FRA)
5. MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)
6. MOUTET, Corentin (FRA)
7. POPYRIN, Alexei (AUS)
8. PAUL, Tommy (USA)
1. BENCHETRIT, Elliot (FRA)
2. BLANCANEAUX, Geoffrey (FRA)
3. CORNUT-CHAUVINC, Antoine (FRA)
4. DENOLLY, Corentin (FRA)
5. GASTON, Hugo (FRA)
6. GUINARD, Manuel (FRA)
7. MARTINEAU, Mattéo (FRA)
8. MULLER, Alexandre (FRA)
9. TATLOT, Johan-Sébastien (FRA)
They’re all French with the exception of the reciprocal TA and USTA WCs to Popyrin and Paul. That’s the FFT’s MO every year.Seriously - they gave wildcards to a few once-promising juniors who have done absolutely dick-all for the last couple of years instead of new talent that's been getting results??
Jannik was the only teen winner there today with both Kuhn and Popyrin suffering losses.And a winnable match for Jannik Sinner against home hope Tristan Lamasine in the second and final round of qualifying in Lyon. The Italian will be ranked around no. 230 when the new singles rankings are issued next Monday.
Great song! I loved the use of it in that art stealing scene in The Thomas Crown Affair.Like many 17-year-old Italians before him, the Sinnerman headed to Holland for his first taste of the grass.
On Saturday, against seasoned herbivore Lacko, his chances looked grim. And after blowing 3 consecutive set points in the first set breaker, then going down a break in the second, even grimmer. All of us sinnerholics were nevertheless impressed with Gianni's poise, considering he'd literally never stepped foot on a grass court until a few hours earlier. Great experience, we thought, as the Slovak went to serve for the match up a set and 5-4...
He'll get some more experience today in the final round of qualies.
Sinner def. Lacko 6-7 7-6 6-2
Keep your eye on the Sinnerman!