Sinner tames Isner to set up clash with compatriot Alcaraz

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2022 Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during their third round match against John Isner of the USA REUTERS/Paul Childs

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LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Italian youngster Jannik Sinner couldn’t tame heavy duty American John Isner but the 10th seed had enough other weapons in his arsenal to win 6-4 7 -6 (4) 6-3 and sail into the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday.

Sinner lost in the first round on his main draw debut at Wimbledon last year, but the highly rated 20-year-old has reached at least the fourth round of his next four Grand Slams since then.

Friday’s win made 10th-seeded Sinner the youngest Italian in the open era to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon while setting up a tantalizing clash of young guns against 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who was equally impressive in his 6-3 6-1 6-2 victory over Oscar Otte. Read more

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Sinner said he was “good friends” with Alcaraz outside of court.

“It’s obviously hard to say,” replied the Italian when asked if their rivalry would become important in men’s tennis. “I mean, I hope I can be part of it, for sure.

“But everyone has their own way. I still have to work a lot. So let’s see what the future holds for me and Carlos. We are both young. We are both great tennis players and good tennis players. Yeah, I hope that can be the case.

“But, I don’t think about that so much. I think about my path where I have to go. Obviously, there’s a lot of work to do.”

Isner fired 24 aces against Sinner to beat Ivo Karlovic’s 13,728 and claim the record, but the American failed to respond to all-court play and the 20-year-old Italian’s powerful groundstrokes. Read more

Undeterred by the booming serves of Isner, who twice ousted former champion Andy Murray in the second round, Sinner kept a lid on his unforced errors and dominated the rallies in a game of narrow margins.

Sinner, whose best major tournament results are quarter-final appearances at the 2020 French Open and this year’s Australian Open, converted two of his four break points on the much-loved serve of Isner.

He didn’t allow 20th-seeded Isner a single chance on his own serve while breaking the American once in the first and third sets.

“Playing against John is never easy. Obviously very happy to be in the next round,” Sinner said.

“It was a game (in which) I didn’t expect a lot of rallies. He was serving well. I’m happy to have finished. I hope he’s fine physically because he was struggling in the third set.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Ken Ferris

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