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Stefanos Tsitsipas was kicked out of the tournament in Rome with kettledrums and trumpets. Against Jannik Sinner the Greek lost 1: 6, 7: 6 (9), 2: 6. Only a small hangover by the Italian in the final phase of the second round prevented a total dismantling.
Tsitsipas ‘Failure fireworks mean fast backlog
From the beginning, it was a pitch-black day for the Greek on his debut on clay court this year. The first three points in his own service went to Sinner, who used the third breakball to make it 1-0. The South Tyrolean, who had already warmed up in Kitzbühel last week, then turned it up and made a second break to make it 4-1. With far too many mistakes, Tsitsipas was largely responsible for the deficit himself. Telling: At 1: 5 40:40 he served two double faults in a row to make a quick 1: 6.
In the second round it looked shortly after the turn, but Sinner fought off the breakballs in the first service game and put the break in the next game himself and thus took the lead again early. With no problems with his own service, Sinner, who was particularly brilliant with the backhand and beat numerous winners, managed to break through the set with the break in his pocket. When serving, he showed nerves again. A frame hit at breakball brought Tsitsipas the first break and the surprising connection. Shortly thereafter, Tsitsipas was even about to win the set on his own serve, but Sinner came back again and forced the tiebreak. It was on an equal footing and very close with chances on both sides. In the end, Tsitsipas was just ahead of the game and managed to equalize the sentences that was unthinkable a few minutes ago.
Sinner also secured the early break in the third round, but in the meantime the game was almost exclusively dominated by mistakes. But now they came again increasingly from the Greek, who conceded the double break to 3-0. This time Sinner could not be deprived of the lead and served after 2:13 hours to win the match. With the triumph over the world number six, Sinner celebrates the biggest victory of his career so far.
Dimitrov or Nishioka are waiting
In the third round, Sinner, who asserted himself against scandal professional Benoit Paite in the first round, had to deal with either Grigor Dimitrov or Yoshito Nishioka.
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