Seven months in the past, Jannik Sinner twice had probabilities to perform one thing few tennis gamers have been able to: taking a set from Rafael Nadal on the French Open.
The Italian teenager served for the primary set at 6-5 within the Roland Garros quarterfinals and was up a break early within the second. He squandered each alternatives and was eradicated in straight units.
However Sinner, who continues to be 19, realized quite a bit on that cool October evening and has since surged up the rankings and into the highest 20. Sinner cruised via his first-round match on the Italian Open on Monday, beating Ugo Humbert 6-2, 6-4, to arrange a rematch with Nadal.
“I feel at Roland Garros I had the suitable mentality and tomorrow (or Wednesday, when the match will possible be performed) I have to do the identical factor,” Sinner mentioned. “I additionally know I’ve extra weapons, that I’ve improved.”
Additionally on the Foro Italico, Taylor Fritz beat Daniel Evans 6-3, 6-2 to arrange a gathering with Djokovic, who claimed his fifth Rome title when the 2020 version of the event was held in September.
Swiatek strikes up
Within the girls’s part, French Open champion Iga Swiatek superior when Alison Riske retired with a left foot damage whereas trailing.
Essential outcomes: First spherical: Males: Taylor Fritz bt Dan Evans 6-3, 6-2; Marton Fucsovics bt Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 6-2; Federico Delbonis bt Karen Khachanov 3-6, 6-4, 6-0; Aslan Karatsev bt Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6(2), 6-4; Kei Nishikori bt Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4; Stefano Travaglia bt Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3; Jannik Sinner bt Ugo Humbert 6-2, 6-4; David Goffin bt Salvatore Caruso 6-4, 6-1; Pablo Carreno-Busta bt Laslo Djere 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Ladies: Coco Gauff bt Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Iga Swiatek bt Alison Riske 5-4, retd.; Amanda Anisimova bt Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-3; Anastasija Sevastova bt Jil Teichmann 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; Petra Kvitova bt Magda Linette 1-6, 6-0, 6-2; Jennifer Brady bt Zhang Shuai 6-1, 6-4; Ekaterina Alexandrova bt Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-1.