Tennis, Paris Bercy – Jannik Sinner immediately out against a great Alcaraz: ATP Finals at high risk

A draw worse than that right now Jannik Sinner, really couldn’t catch it. Carlos Alcaraz, on paper, was the most dangerous thing there was in seeding for a top seed of the caliber of the South Tyrolean. And the fears of the eve, given what had already been witnessed last week also in Vienna, proved to be well founded.

Sinner was in fact defeated by the other great promise of the tennis of the future, with the Spanish teenager at times literally unleashed in showing off his ballistic qualities. He pushed and drew like an obsessed Alcaraz with the forehand; and did not lose the field and retorted with great depth when it was Sinner who tried the aggression. This is the rough summary of the second round match of Paris Bercy 2021 won 7-6 7-5 by the Iberian player. A hard-fought match, but in which Sinner gave the feeling of being on the limit several times; not by chance then defeated in two partial.

Yes, because after a cold break, but arrived in a first game of 9 and a half minutes of struggle, Alcaraz immediately repelled Sinner’s attempt at an aggressive start. The Spaniard first recovered the break in the following game; and from there began a rapid – but decisive – game in crescendo. A climax, in the first set, then touched in the tie-break, when together with a couple of lucky tapes in the key moment – (because those too count; and there were indeed) – he won a couple of truly sensational points for his ability to push and pressure without reverential fear towards one’s opponent. A tie-break dominated by 7 points to 1; to put there, as a definitive manifesto, how complicated Jannik Sinner’s run at the ATP Finals would have been.

Yes, because in the second part, probably even more confident in his own means, Alcaraz left the crumbs. Sinner was instead forced to overtime to avoid ending up below: 3 consecutive break points canceled in the third game; another three canceled in the fifth. Until the inevitable final match, where an Alcaraz practically never in difficulty in his turn of response has snatched the service from Jannik and legitimized a victory, as seen in the field, widely deserved.

Sinner at the ATP Finals: now it’s almost impossible

It is a defeat that hurts Jannik Sinner very badly, especially in the face of what happened between last night and today. The victories of Ruud, Norrie but above all that of Hubert Hurkacz, in fact saw the three direct opponents in the Race all escape to the second round. The success of the Pole suffered against Tommy Paul allowed Hurkcaz to operate already today the overtaking in eighth place of the Race, the latest coupon for a spot in Turin.

Which means from now until the weekend, Sinner, can not help but cheer the others. And it won’t be easy. Hurkacz in particular is on one side of the board where in theory, up to the semifinal with Djokovic, he is the favorite: Koepfer his round of 16 match and then the eventual winner of the Popyrin-Duckworth crossing. The race on Ruud is no better, as with a victory against Schwartzman or Giron it would already become mathematically impregnable for Sinner even if he wins next week at the ATP 250 in Stockholm, the last meeting before the Finals.

In short, on paper, Sinner, to get to Turin, needs a kind of miracle that can be summarized as follows: non 2 of these 3 events must occur

Ruud reaching the quarter-finals (so he just needs to win a game)

Hurkacz arriving in the semifinals (win the next two, on paper within his reach)

Norrie arriving in the final

Regardless of what will happen this week, nothing should take away the merits of the South Tyrolean for a season of applause: entering the Top 10 remains the prize of an extraordinary year. And which is rightly celebrated beyond the ATP Finals issue. A ‘good’ to Jannik, in short, seems really right.

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Tennis, Paris Bercy – Jannik Sinner immediately out against a great Alcaraz: ATP Finals at high risk

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