Young Italian Jannik Sinner was unable to handle John Isner’s powerful serving, but the 10-seed had enough other tools at his disposal to triumph 6-4 7-6(4) 6-3 and go to the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday.
Sinner made his Wimbledon main draw debut last year but lost in the first round. Since then, the highly regarded 20-year-old has advanced to at least the fourth round of four Grand Slam tournaments.
With his victory on Friday, Sinner, the 10th-seeded player, became the youngest Italian in the Open Era to advance to the Wimbledon fourth round. This also set up an exciting matchup between Sinner and 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who was as brilliant in his 6-3 6-1 6-2 victory against Oscar Otte.
Outside of court, Sinner claimed to be “excellent friends” with Alcaraz.
In response to the question of whether their rivalry would become significant in men’s tennis, the Italian said, “It’s tricky to say.” “I mean, I hope I can participate in this.
But everyone follows their path. I still have a tonne of work. So let’s see what Carlos and I get in the future. Both of us are young. We are both decent people as well as excellent tennis players. Yes, let’s hope that’s the case.
But I’m not thinking about that right now. I’m pondering how to go to where I need to go. There is a lot of work to be done.
Isner defeated Sinner with 24 aces to break Ivo Karlovic’s record of 13,728 but the 20-year-old Italian’s all-court style and potent groundstrokes were too much for the American.
Isner’s thunderous serves didn’t dissuade him; in a match of razor-thin margins, Isner defeated twice-defending champion, Andy Murray, in the second round. Instead, Sinner controlled his unforced errors and dominated the rallies.
Sinner, who has reached the quarterfinals of two major tournaments—the Australian Open this year and the French Open in 2020—converted two of his four break points on the renowned Isner serve.
He broke the American once in the first and once in the third sets, and he did not give the 20th-seeded Isner any opportunities on his service.
“Playing John is never simple. Naturally delighted to advance to the next round,” Sinner stated.
“I wasn’t anticipating many rallies in the match,” the player said. He was doing a good job. I’m relieved to be finished. He was having trouble in the third set, so I hope he’s good physically.
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