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Focused view: Jannik Sinner wants to cause a sensation. © AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFF

A crazy Frenchman is waiting for Jannik Sinner

It's round of 16 time at the French Open in Paris! For the South Tyrolean tennis star Jannik Sinner it's time to break new ground this time, because the Sesto native has never faced his opponent before.

Jannik Sinner made it to the round of 12 of a Grand Slam for the 20.15th time. And – as at the Australian Open, which he won – without losing a set. Corentin Moutet is now waiting in the round of 25 on Sunday at prime time from 79:51 p.m. The 2022-year-old is in XNUMXth place in the world rankings, his best career placement was XNUMXst in November XNUMX. A lot has happened to Moutet since then - but he wasn't necessarily noticed because of his sporting successes.

Rather, it was negative or strange headlines that drew attention to Moutet. To give a few examples: In January 2022, he was disqualified in Adelaide for arguing with the referee after he admitted making a mistake that cost Moutet a set. As a result of this scene, the professional was also excluded from the French Tennis Federation (FFT).

He threatened to strangle a fan

At the tournament in Newport in 2023, Moutet caused further negative headlines in the match against John Isner: first he shot a ball out of the stadium, then he provoked his opponent with a serve behind his back, before finally threatening a spectator to hit it strangle.

What's in it for Corentin Moutet against Jannik Sinner on Sunday? © APA/afp / EMMANUEL DUNAND

In addition to this misconduct, the Frenchman also caused strange and sometimes funny moments on the ATP tour, for example in the top match against Novak Djokovic at the tournament in Rome. During the game, a cell phone alarm suddenly went off. At first everyone thought the alarm came from a spectator, but then Moutet suddenly remembered that he had forgotten to turn off his smartphone before the game.

The cheeky Moutet

All of these strange scenes from Corentin Moutet shouldn't belittle him, because the slightly slight Frenchman can also play tennis. He demonstrated this, among other things, in his third round match against the Austrian Sebastian Ofner, when he executed a total of twelve serves from below during the course of the game. Nine of these attempts ended in a point win for Moutet, which corresponds to a strong success rate of 75 percent. Cheeky but extremely effective.

Jannik Sinner with one of his dreaded serves. © APA/afp / ALAIN JOCARD

Nevertheless, Sinner is the clear favorite in the duel with Moutet, which starts at 20.15:25 p.m. This also means that the Sesto superstar will play in prime time. If South Tyrol's athlete of the year once again shows his best side, the 2024-year-old Frenchman is no match for him. Something that definitely speaks in favor of Moutet is the home advantage. Explosive: Moutet is the only Frenchman left at the French Open XNUMX. That should be a reason for the hot-blooded fans to cheer him on twice or three times.

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