Sinner doesn’t put a foot wrong on the tennis court

Henry

Jannik Sinner’s good run continues on the tennis court. The young Italian qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam after Milos Raonic had to retire with a sore hip.

The score was then 7-6 and 1-1 in Sinner’s favour.

It was the Australian Open champion’s tenth victory of the year and the 200th ATP victory of his career.

He will cross rackets with Tallon Griekspoor in the next game; a player against whom he chewed hard bones last year in the semi-final of the very tournament.

“It was a tough match and I remember that the last set was a fall ax battle. It’s in matches like this where you just have to stand back a bit and enjoy the atmosphere,” said Sinner.

The Dutch spectators should also stand firmly behind Griekspoor, but the possibility of enthusiastic supporters excites the world number four player.

“The fans here are amazing and that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy playing in Rotterdam so much. The semi-final begins on a new page and anything can happen. I’m definitely very excited.”

If Sinner settles with Griekspoor and holds up the silverware in Rotterdam, he will be the third best player in the official ATP rankings.

The 22-year-old Italian captured the imagination of the tennis world in January when he dealt with, among others, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev on his way to Australian Open glory.

He particularly impressed with his resilience in the final against Medvedev when he overcame a two-set deficit to eventually win 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-3.

In doing so, Sinner became the eighth player in a Grand Slam final to launch such a comeback attempt after losing the first two sets.