Sinner, Wawrinka Gut wins three sets in Rome ATP Tour

Jannik Grešnik improved to 4-0 against fellow Italians by winning three sets Fabio Fognini Wednesday night at International BNL of Italy.

In a back-and-forth match involving several dominant moves by both players, Sinner conceded a break advantage in the deciding set, but pushed the line with the final jump and earned a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

“It was hard for sure. I tried to play my best tennis, especially in important points,” the 10th seed said in a field interview. “He raised his level in the second set. He played better than me. There was a bit of a rollercoaster in the third set. Luckily, I did a great job in the final set and managed to break it first, and this was certainly the key today.”

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Sinner improved to 23-5 this season as he seeks his fifth quarterfinal this year, while Fognini fell to 12-9. The 34-year-old achieved two finals on clay in 2022, reaching that stage in Rio de Janeiro and Belgrade. World No. 13 Sinner moved up one place to 12th Pepperstone ATP rankings live victory and can push all the way to number 7 with the title of Rome. That result would set him a new career record in the Pepperstone ATP rankings next week, surpassing the previous high of 9, first achieved last November.

The 20-year-old achieved greater success in short points in a midfield encounter, while veteran Fognini was better than longer outplays, including two break points that he ended up with terrible baseline winners. But after a world-class forehand brought him a third break in the match and returned to service at 3-4 in the deciding match, Fognini lost service after two double faults and finished with nine in the match.

That would be the last turnaround in a reversing match, as Sinner served him for love in the ensuing match to tie his best result in Rome by reaching the 16th final.

“He’s a great friend,” Sinner said of his opponent. “He gave me a lot of confidence when I played with him in the Davis Cup. He’s a very special player, and like today, he can raise his level incredibly fast.”

Fognini scored the first six points of the competition, but then lost the next seven as Sinner secured an early break and reached the first set. Fognini then scored eight points in a row in the middle of the second to take the lead in the break, but he needed a great backhand for the break to regain the advantage and limit a series of three games against service.

In the third set, Sinner scored 12 consecutive points and took a 4-1 lead before Fognini earned a return. But Fognini’s 39 mistakes proved too much to overcome as Sinner scored eight of the last nine points to win.

The person and the ebb of the match were neatly illustrated by the Balance of Power metric. The winner of each set also won in that statistic, which measures the percentage of hits from the attacking position. The biggest difference came in the final set, as shown below.

The sinner progresses to Filip Krajinović on Thursday after the Serbian won over the sixth seed 6-2, 6-4 Andrei Rublev.

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In another thriller, the former world number 3 Stan Wawrinka fought alongside Serbian Laszlo Gere 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-4 after two hours and 49 minutes to achieve a blockbuster clash against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.

“It’s not the best reward, but it’s always special to play against him,” Wawrinka said in his field interview. “I’m still not where I want to be with my game, with my fitness, with my mental abilities [game]. I need those games, so it will be very difficult for me to have the opportunity to play against the best player, that’s for sure.

“I don’t think I’m ready to compete at that level, but that’s what I need. I need those challenges. I have to make as much progress as I can. ”

Wawrinka spent 15 months between tour-level victories as he recovered from two left foot surgeries. It took the Swiss star just two days to earn his next victory in Rome.

After recovering from the set and breaking on Monday against Reilly Opelka The Swiss overcame a break minus in the first round in the deciding set against Djere. Wawrinka was not the best at flying, often choosing to play longer races and using his backhand cut to try to gain an advantage. When he released his powerful blows from the ground, they sometimes missed the target.

But the 37-year-old’s fighting spirit was at its peak. After a 3-3 break in the decision, Wawrinka put his index finger on his head to reflect that. Although Djere played daring tennis – especially on the forehand side – to save three match points, he failed to knock out the fourth. The Serb missed the forehand for a long time, and Wawrinka smiled broadly as he looked at his team, and fans at Foro Italico expressed approval.

“It was a big fight tonight. [There was] great support from the fans, it’s always something special “, continued Wawrinka on the field. “At my age, after everything I’ve done in my career, that’s one of the main reasons why I still play. It’s to get a chance to play in front of the fans. “

At his post-match press conference, Wawrinka expanded his feelings: “It was a tough battle, that’s for sure. Amazing atmosphere. It’s great to play those games. That’s exactly what I need.

“I felt great in general. I’m happy with the fight, I’m happy [with] which I did, the way I ended up. Like I said, I need those games. I need competition. You can’t practice that feeling. You can’t practice that feeling of nerves, stress, how you feel during a match, how your body reacts. It was a little up-and-down with my body, but I ended up very strong, I felt a lot better in the end. I am pleased with that victory. “

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