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Jannik Sinner left nothing to burn. © APA/afp / MARTIN KEEP

Outstanding: Sinner has no mercy for Baez

While the other favorites are floundering at the Australian Open, there is one player who is eliminating one opponent after the next with incredible ease. His name is Jannik Sinner.

Daniil Medvedev lost three sets in the first two rounds, Novak Djokovic lost two, Carlos Alcaraz lost one. After the befitting victory against Sebastian Baez (ATP 29), Sinner is already in the round of 1.52 - and without having given up a single round. What's more: the Sesto native hardly lost any games on Friday against the pitiful and inferior Argentinian in all respects. After 6 hours of pure dominance, Sinner converted his second match point to make the final score 0:6, 1:6 and 3:15. The Russian Karen Khachanov (ATP 75), who beat the Czech Tomas Machac (ATP XNUMX) in four sets, is now waiting in the next round.

After just a few rallies, the spectators in the Margaret Court Arena realized that things could happen very quickly that day: Baez tried to hit Sinner with his weapons, but didn't realize that he was running into an open knife. The 23-year-old was chased around the pitch in every rally, had to do almost exclusively defensive work and simply couldn't keep up with Sinner's pace. Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi's protégé broke immediately and then played cat and mouse with his opponent - 6:0.

A class difference

Anyone who thought that the match would be more even in the second half was disappointed. After Baez won his first game and the spectators celebrated, Sinner won five games in a row and won the second set 6-1. The way the 22-year-old played was simply impressive. Sinner always chose the perfect solution, implemented it excellently and never lost focus. Baez, who is number 29 in the world and therefore not a walk-in customer, didn't know what was happening to him.

Sebastian Baez had no chance. © APA/afp / MARTIN KEEP

The fans saw the most interesting phase of the match at the beginning of the third set. The man from Buenos Aires now held up a little better in the long rallies, and Sinner also missed break points in two consecutive games. When the score was 2:2, Baez had to give up his service, which de facto ended the game. Sinner subsequently grabbed another break and rounded off a perfect working day.

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