Forgive Me, Father, For I Am a Full Fledged Sinner!

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik will be seed #14 in the Orleans 125 challenger this coming week. An unusually strong field for a challenger, it features 7 top-100 players with Tsonga and Humbert headlining. This will be a pretty good test for the young lad.
Orleans is always top shelf Challenger level with many top 100 players, particularly French and Belgian, competing and going deep there. Past champions include Herbert, Mahut, Goffin, Malisse, Llodra and Rochus.

It will be interesting if defending champion Bedene motors over from his appearance in the Metz final tomorrow.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Will face the winner of Oscar Otte (GER) and Lucas Miedler (AUT) in R32. He should advance to potentially meet Aljaz Bedene (SLO) in R16 with an opportunity to avenge a loss at Umag earlier this year.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Will face the winner of Oscar Otte (GER) and Lucas Miedler (AUT) in R32. He should advance to potentially meet Aljaz Bedene (SLO) in R16 with an opportunity to avenge a loss at Umag earlier this year.
Miedler it is and Jannik sinned very efficiently in his 1R matchup at Bergamo (6&1) on his way to his breakthrough Challenger title.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik shook of a sinfully slow start in the first set (broken twice, Miedler served for the set at 5-4) to cruise 7-6(1) 6-2.

Sinfully sloppy groundstrokes and just listless play was replaced by aggressive returning and a reduced error rate in the comeback and second set rout. He did blow a 40-0 lead in the match game by closing on his fifth MP.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Bedene may be feeling the grind from that run to the Metz final. He needed three sets, 7-5 in the third over Lestienne today while Jannik rested sinfully.

Final match of the evening on Center Court! Be there and be naughty!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Going three now, 4-6 6-4 after some epic BPs saved in the second set before the break at 4-5.

Serve is getting stronger with a lot of in returnable bombs and easy putaways.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinner down 4-6 in the third. Two games beginning at 1-2 Bedene on serve were the difference. First, a long deuce game hold with several BPs erased on solid serving by the veteran; then Bedene broke after Sinner could not convert a 40-15 lead into a hold.

Close but not closing. Gotta send him to Mr. Blake the closer specialist:

 

James P

Hall of Fame
Looking ahead, looks like he's staying in France and has intentions of playing the Mouilleron-le-Captif 100 Challenger in 2 weeks. The following week, he's entered into the Swedish Open as a member of the qualifying draw. Subject to change, of course.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
At the moment he doesn't really deserve wildcards into draws at ATP level and would do well to focus on Challenger tournaments in the coming months so he can pick up more points and rise higher in the rankings. He shouldn't try to box above his weight.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
At the moment he doesn't really deserve wildcards into draws at ATP level and would do well to focus on Challenger tournaments in the coming months so he can pick up more points and rise higher in the rankings. He shouldn't try to box above his weight.
I will leave his scheduling decisions to the very experienced Ricardo Piatti, who seems to be simplifying by geographics this fall...playing a set of Challengers in France earned by rankings and then, instead of globetrotting to Las Vegas or Ningbo, Stockholm qualifying not WC. His only Challenger option the week of Stockholm fitting the short trip tactic is the Ismaning 80 Challenger in Germany, one of the last few tournaments played on carpet. Piatti probably prefers not disrupting their indoor HC schedule, which probably resumes the following week at the Brest or new Hamburg Challenger. After that, there’s quite a few indoor HCs in Europe and the logical conclusion of his season will be in the two Italian Challengers at home home Ortisei and then further south in Bari in November.

Points goal is simple...needs roughly 100-125 points to get inside DE cutoff for AO’20. Very attainable.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Jannik Sinner has been seeded no. 14 for next week's Challenger tournament in Mouilleron-le-Captif in western France. Having received a bye into the second round, in his opening match the Italian will take on the winner of the encounter between home hope Tristan Lamasine and the Spaniard Adrian Menendez Macieras.
 
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Meles

Bionic Poster
Jannik Sinner has been seeded no. 14 for next week's Challenger tournament in Mouilleron-le-Captif in western France. Having received a bye into the second round, in his opening match the Italian will take on the winner of the encounter between home hope Tristan Lamasine and the Spaniard Adrian Menendez Macieras.
One wonders if Sinner is pondering making a late run for Milan which FAA took a pass on last year. :unsure: ....He's in qualifiers in Stockholm next week.
8 Ugo Humbert 21.2 FRA10 778 - +16 Mouilleron le Captif R32 - 778 862
9 Mikael Ymer 21 SWE1 651 - - Mouilleron le Captif R32 - 659 751
10 Corentin Moutet 20.4 FRA12 569 - - Mouilleron le Captif R32 - 577 669
11 Alexei Popyrin 20.1 AUS5 545 - +6 - Lost in Qual. Shanghai R1 - -
12 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 20.3 ESP10 513 - +4 - - - -
13 Jannik Sinner 18.1 ITA11 431 - +1 Mouilleron le Captif R32 - 438 530

Humbert has a comfortable lead, but Tsitsipas unlikely to defend Milan given he's 99.999999% qualified for WTF, so Ymer is the target at 651 points. Sinner wins tournament this week and he's getting in range and its very possible 10th will qualify.

Oops top 7 qualify so Humbert must be beaten. Sinner as Italian can play fellow countryman for the 8th spot so he's going to play in Milan either way most likely.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
I have to think he's in with a wildcard, regardless. This is the closest Italy has had to a top 8 contender in the three years, but the previous 2 they threw in a wildcard.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
I have to think he's in with a wildcard, regardless. This is the closest Italy has had to a top 8 contender in the three years, but the previous 2 they threw in a wildcard.
Milan has a very poorly documented and covered wild card play in tournament for Italians only so Sinner has that as a backup.

Frankly now that the WTF will be in Italy for a while the ATP might strongly consider putting the Milan winner into World Tour Finals. The first two winners of Milan made SFs at Australian Open so its not much of a stretch. This would allow the crazy scenario of a young Italian phenom winning all three hehe. :whistle:
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Wasn't aware of the play in wild card tourney, no. Well, with promising juniors like Musetti and Zeppieri waiting in the wings, it's not a foregone conclusion Jannik would win it. I'd still like his chances, and think he'd be the overwhelming favorite. I really doubt he can get to spot 7 by Milan. He'd have to win Stockholm, probably.
 
Hello fellow Sinners!

Thought I'd mentioned this in a post a while back, but Jannik HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THE WILD CARD for this year's Next Gen ATP Finals. The play-in tournament will still be held, and will award a spot as the tournament's n.1 reserve player. That is unless the Sinner qualifies on his own merit - highly unlikely, at this point - in which case the winner of the play-in will gain a spot in the main draw.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Our high priest Sinner was slow to the mark today and allowed Lamasine his way to serve for the first set at 5-3 but 3 games to our bad kid now allows him to serve for the first set.
 

Pmasterfunk

Semi-Pro
Hello fellow Sinners!

Thought I'd mentioned this in a post a while back, but Jannik HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THE WILD CARD for this year's Next Gen ATP Finals. The play-in tournament will still be held, and will award a spot as the tournament's n.1 reserve player. That is unless the Sinner qualifies on his own merit - highly unlikely, at this point - in which case the winner of the play-in will gain a spot in the main draw.
Is this the wildcard given to an Italian player, like Caruana last year?

I'm going to get torn to pieces for this, but the Next Gen Finals sounds pretty good right now.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
First set to the good for our bad boy, 7-5.

The courts look quick (and a snazzy brick on brick color combo) and Lamasine is keeping a decent level, a carryover from making the Orleans SF 10 days ago.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Saintly Jannik...spots Tristan Lamasine a 5-2 lead.

Sinner Jannik...rips out Lamasine's throat with 5 straight games.

7-5 first set win. Draw opened a bit with Barrere falling in the previous match.
 
Is this the wildcard given to an Italian player, like Caruana last year?
Yes, in the previous two editions the wildcard was awarded to an Italian player through an 8-player qualification tournament (with Berrettini shockingly missing out in 2017, after falling - I believe - to Baldi who in turn lost to Quinzi).

This year, due to the promise shown by our strapping young mountain lad -- and the enormous hype he's generated in Italy, the always sinful FIT (Italian Federation) decided to f**k it and just give it to him up front. There will, however, still be a play-in tournament, with the winner being named the tournament's reserve player.

In other news, nice turn-around by J-SIN tonight in what was, oddly, already his FOURTH encounter with Lamasine (h2h now 3-1).
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinner train was moving avec tres grande vitesse, 7-5 6-1.

A young man named Sinner vs a veteran known for sinning tomorrow.

#EveryoneHatesYouRosol
 

Pmasterfunk

Semi-Pro
Yes, in the previous two editions the wildcard was awarded to an Italian player through an 8-player qualification tournament (with Berrettini shockingly missing out in 2017, after falling - I believe - to Baldi who in turn lost to Quinzi).

This year, due to the promise shown by our strapping young mountain lad -- and the enormous hype he's generated in Italy, the always sinful FIT (Italian Federation) decided to f**k it and just give it to him up front. There will, however, still be a play-in tournament, with the winner being named the tournament's reserve player.

In other news, nice turn-around by J-SIN tonight in what was, oddly, already his FOURTH encounter with Lamasine (h2h now 3-1).
Wait, don't tell me, an official Italian body being incompetent and corrupt? Say it ain't so.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Sinner recovers from a first set tiebreak loss to defeat Lukas Rosol 6-7 7-5 6-3. Into his 4th career challenger quarterfinal!
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A gritty win earlier today for Jannik Sinner against Lukas Rosol in last 16 action in Mouilleron-le-Captif. After dropping a close first set on a tiebreak the Italian led 4-1 in the second set and even had a point for a double break to lead 5-1. However, after being caught at at 4-4 he was struggling, but managed to hold in a deuce game. At 5-4 he had a set point but couldn't convert, before breaking through again at 6-5 to take the second set.

In the final set Sinner broke again to lead 3-1 and consolidated his advantage in the next game to move ahead 4-1. Serving for the match at 5-3, the Italian wobbled and had to save three break points before holding for a 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 victory.
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
A great day for Italy continues with Jannik again rallying for a 3-set win, beating Copil 3-6 6-1 6-4.

A bad day to be Novak. Losing to both Shoesypas and Bourgue so it’s time to sin against another Frenchman...SF vs Bourgue.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Rough loss today. Bourgue had his own cheering section that was as loud and partisan as you'd hear at any big soccer/football match. Had to be incredibly grating. Sinner dominated a good portion of the match statistics except clutch stats. His break conversion rate was one of the worst I've ever seen. Something like 4 for 24. Bourgue, on the other hand, played incredible in the clutch, saving all those break points while converting at a much higher rate in the few opportunities he had to break. Loss sucks, but will have to move on and learn from this one.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Yes, so many chances earlier today for Jannik Sinner in his semi-final match against world no. 247 Mathias Bourgue in Mouilleron-le-Captif. In the first game of the final set alone the Italian had the Frenchman 0-40, but couldn't convert any of those three break points or two more later in the same game. Sinner did manage to break serve at 2-2 in the final set before consolidating his lead to go ahead 4-2.

However, the Italian then lost three games in a row to find himself serving to stay in the match at 4-5. After successfully doing so, he broke to lead 6-5 and then served for the match, only to quickly drop serve. In the ensuing tiebreak Sinner led 3-1 with a mini-break, then 5-3 and 6-5, match point. But it wasn't to be and at 7-6 Bourgue converted his first match point for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) victory.
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
No gimmes at tour level, but Jannik drew a Qualifier in the Antwerp 250 next week. Will play #1 seed Gael Monfils if he passes that test.
Many in the qualies are Challenger players, a few of whom he has played (Copil, Majchrzak, Hoang, Caruso, Maden).
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A somewaht straightforward win for Jannik Sinner earlier today in first-round action in Antwerp, where he beat the Polish player Kamil Majchrzak 6-4, 6-2, after the Italian had led 5-1 in the first set.

Gael Monfils a intérêt à faire attention !
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Nice 20 point pickup (and nearly €11K!). Moves up to NCH #114, a +5 climb. He is still down the totem pole in the large pack of players trying to get into AO’20 via DE but this helps. See my post in the “Why Not Pay Attention To The Challengers” thread.

A chance to double that point grab with a successful lesson from Le Professeur.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Jannik plays 3 more challengers this season, maybe 4. Realistically, he needs 120-130 more points to DE. That's a win plus a final. Moot if he can manage to get past Monfils, but he's got a tough path forward until the year ends.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik plays 3 more challengers this season, maybe 4. Realistically, he needs 120-130 more points to DE. That's a win plus a final. Moot if he can manage to get past Monfils, but he's got a tough path forward until the year ends.
Ortisei is a given...sleeping in his own bed! If he doesn’t lock up that AO DE by then, Bari is also a certain date. Between now and mid-November, I would expect he plays at least twice...Brest or Hamburg, then Eckental, Bratislava and Helsinki are all European options.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Young Jannik is teaming with Oldrenzi in the dubs this week and they cruised 3&1 in 1R Antwerp vs the Austrian tandem of Marach and Jurgen Melzer.

Another €2860 or more in the swelling bank account.
 
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