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Jannik Sinner showed a strong performance. © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

The opponent despairs: Sinner knows no mercy

The duel with Matteo Berrettini was a feat of strength for Jannik Sinner, but his third round at Wimbledon was a walk in the park. The Sexten superstar is now in the round of 16 at the most important tournament in the world.

Jannik Sinner has already played 68 matches in Grand Slam tournaments. But the Pusterer has rarely finished as quickly as he did on Friday evening. The duel with Miomir Kecmanovic, number 96 in the world, lasted just 52 minutes. The Serb didn't have a chance against the triumphant Sinner from the very first second and had to admit defeat with 1:6, 4:6, 2:6.

Jannik Sinner has achieved his two goals for the day: win and save energy. Two days ago, the Sextner had an incredibly tough fight with Matteo Berrettini in the second round that lasted almost four hours. Compared to that, the duel against Kecmanovic was a walk in the park for the South Tyrolean, who was two classes better than his opponent in this match.

A cracker awaits in the round of 16

Sinner can now look ahead to Sunday, when the round of 121 will take place. The world number one will then face the winner of the match between Denis Shapovalov (ATP 14) and Ben Shelton (ATP 21). A meeting with Shelton in particular would be an absolute top duel, as the XNUMX-year-old American is one of the up-and-coming talents in the tennis circus.

Jannik Sinner played great. © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

On Friday evening against Kecmanovic, it felt like Sinner was not only playing against his opponent, but also against the curfew. In Wimbledon, unlike other tournaments, matches are interrupted at midnight (CEST) and continued the next day. Sinner didn't start the match until shortly before 21 p.m., but he gave it twice as much gas.

5:0 after 15 minutes

Not even 15 minutes had been played when Sinner was already leading 5-0. You could feel sorry for his opponent Kecmanovic. He was chased all over the court, every shot felt twice as hard, the balls were flying around the ears of the 24-year-old from Belgrade. Again and again he looked questioningly in the direction of his box.

Kecmanovic didn't have a chance. © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

Because Sinner played his match consistently, the remaining two sets were never in danger. Kecmanovic only had one break chance in the entire match, but this too was thwarted by the South Tyrolean superstar. It was a quick win that put Sinner in the round of 16.

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