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A train without brakes: Sinner roars into the quarter-finals

Who is supposed to stop this Jannik Sinner? The Sesto superstar hardly gave his first prominent opponent a chance in Indian Wells. Now he will face a surprise man in the quarterfinals.

Is there a more thankless task in professional tennis at the moment than having to play against Jannik Sinner? Probably not. The Sesto native, number 3 in the world, is in outstanding form. He also eliminated his first well-known opponent at the Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells without batting an eyelid. At the end of the round of 7 it was 6:4 (6), 1:16 against the US boy Ben Shelton, who is ranked XNUMXth in the world.

1.21:1.14 hours, 1.40:XNUMX hours, XNUMX:XNUMX hours: That's how long Sinner needed for each of his three matches in Indian Wells. In no game did he stand on the court for two hours, in no game did he have to give up a set, and in no game did his opponent seriously trouble him. In short: Sinner travels in the California desert like a train without brakes.

Incredible winning streak

Against Shelton, South Tyrol's superstar celebrated his 18th win in a row and his 150th on hard court. The 22-year-old is now in the quarter-finals, where he will face Czech Jiri Lehecka on Thursday. He is number 32 in the world and surprisingly eliminated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of XNUMX.


But back to the match against Ben Shelton. This was particularly important in Indian Wells, after all the US boy is considered a highly talented tennis professional who could help shape the future with Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz & Co. He even managed to defeat Sinner at the Masters tournament in Shanghai last season.

Tension only in the first sentence

This time, however, Shelton was only able to keep up in the first set. The South Tyrolean quickly took the serve from the 21-year-old from Georgia, but conceded the break himself when the score was 5:4. It went to the tie break, where Sinner immediately took the lead 4-1 and then got the thing through despite two missed serves.

There was nothing to gain for Ben Shelton. © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / MATTHEW STOCKMAN

This set lasted 69 minutes, but the second section ended quickly. Sinner only needed 31 minutes to bag the match. In the first three games, the Pusterer only conceded a total of two points to his opponent. He took away his serve twice and roared on into Indian Wells. Next stop: quarterfinals. Dream destination: Number 2 in the world. This could already become a reality in Indian Wells.


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