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

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Fancy the kid's chances against Gilles rather than Stan, but that's not looking like it will be.
The USO Stanimal match was high quality once Jannik settled into the whole “playing a slam match vs a former champion” atmosphere. He took a set from Stan and had good chances to extend the fourth set to a TB but Finger-To-The-Temple mode kicked in for Wawa.
 

Pmasterfunk

Semi-Pro
Fancy the kid's chances against Gilles rather than Stan, but that's not looking like it will be.
Simon doing his best discomfort-inducing act to pull away that second set, but gets broken right away in the third. After climbing back in that second, a strange let-down.

I wonder how Sinner would do with Gilou's junkballing.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
More good news for the Italian Mountain Brigade...veteran Tyrolian Seppi also has made an ATP250 SF by upsetting another NextGen Star Khachanov in the Moscow QFs.

Prodigy on court now with old pro partner in the dubs and up a break in the first set.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Another day of double duty for the sinful teen...he and his veteran sidekick Paolo advance into the dubs SFs with a 3&3 win over Cuevas/Gonzalez.

Skill level of the competition increases tomorrow when the Italian Odd Couple face the reigning RG champions Krawietz/Mies.
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Vienna draw is already out. Sinner lucked into another Qualifier. Funny enough, he'll face the winner of Dennis Novak and Gael Monfils in R16 if he wins his opening match.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Old man Stan was too much today and will try for just the second indoor title (Rotterdam’15) of his career and 17th overall.

Sad that Jannik couldn’t make an improvement on 1R USO. Stanimal ripped him a new one on the Sinner serve (only 52% points won).
 
Saw Kohli live a few weeks ago at the Florence challenger... starting to show his age, but still a pleasure to watch. Yet another interesting generational clash... should be fun!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
A break to 3-1 is followed by a marathon hold (3 separate BPs saved) to consolidate the break. Only 1 of 6 BP conversions in Kohlie’s two service games. 4-1 for Der Sinner.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Think that about locks him in to main draw probably. For sure enters the top 100 on Sunday.
NCH #91. That should keep him in top 100 with a lot of the pack behind him playing Challengers and many of them in the Brest draw, where only one or two maximum can catch him with a title/final (100/60). Only Laaksonen is behind him and alive in Basel.

I’m still concerned he might need another 50 points or so to nail down AO DE. Last year’s draw included 27 total qualifiers, WCs and PR entries. That was with just 3 PR entries and I know both Murray and JMDP will take two this year. I think he’ll need top 95-98 to get straight in. Top 100 YE ranking usually is 600 to 650 points and Jannik is at the bottom edge of that range and a lot of the chasers will load up on tournaments all the way into late November.

Another hindrance he faces is giving up a week to play Milan. His chasers will be playing one of four Challengers that week, including the 110 Bratislava jewel.
 
NCH #91. That should keep him in top 100 with a lot of the pack behind him playing Challengers and many of them in the Brest draw, where only one or two maximum can catch him with a title/final (100/60). Only Laaksonen is behind him and alive in Basel.

I’m still concerned he might need another 50 points or so to nail down AO DE. Last year’s draw included 27 total qualifiers, WCs and PR entries. That was with just 3 PR entries and I know both Murray and JMDP will take two this year. I think he’ll need top 95-98 to get straight in. Top 100 YE ranking usually is 600 to 650 points and Jannik is at the bottom edge of that range and a lot of the chasers will load up on tournaments all the way into late November.

Another hindrance he faces is giving up a week to play Milan. His chasers will be playing one of four Challengers that week, including the 110 Bratislava jewel.
Stringer, don't worry! He'll be in Melbourne. Playing the second weekend within a couple of years. Come spring, this kid will never (again) have to worry about getting into a main draw. Stop counting and just enjoy the ride :)
 
Fresh off the presses... an impromptu mini-press conference (in Italian) with Gianni following his Kohli win:

(audio link below the picture)

For the Italianly-challenged, a few notable quotes:

Q: "So now that the year is coming to an end, you can start looking back at what you've done. You've had lots of new experiences, and got to travel the world for the first time. Was there any place you especially enjoyed?"
JS "I enjoyed the US Open, because that's the first grand slam I'd like to win"

Q: "You're the youngest Italian ever to break into the top 100, how does that make you feel?"
JS: "I mean it's nice, but our goal was never to be in the top 100. Our goal is to go all the way."

All spoken very frankly, almost shyly, without the slightest hint of arrogance or presumptuousness.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Earlier today Gael Monfils came back from a set down to beat home hope Dennis Novak in Vienna. This result sets up a second meeting in eight days between the Frenchman and Jannik Sinner who will face each other on centre court on Thursday evening, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Again, a lecture from Le Professeur is scheduled. Again, young Sinner is on Center Court in the last evening match after Herr Timmie.

A winning formula, nein?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinning was on the rise until 3-4 with easy holds and punishment of the soft second serve of Le Professeur. Then disaster struck with a stern lecture on how to break at love and a hold for the 6-3 set to the educator-in-chief.
 
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