Jannik Sinner, one of the young figures of world tennis, called to do great things, has had the fortune and at the same time the misfortune to face Rafa Nadal three times in the last two years. Sure you have learned a lot from those experiences, even if you have always lost. In the reissue of the 2020 quarterfinal match, this time at the Roland Garros round of 16, the Balearic won (7-5, 6-3 and 6-0 at 2:17) a kind of deja vu(already seen), a French expression used to describe the feeling of having previously experienced a certain situation that occurs in the present. In this way, Rafa entered for the 15th time in the third-to-last round of the tournament, 44th of the Grand Slam, and will face Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday, who beat German Jan-Lennard Struff (7-6 (9), 6-4 and 7-5). “The conditions were ideal for me and I beat a very good player with a great future. I think I have played very well from 3-5 in the first set,” Nadal analyzed.
What of deja vu It comes because the match was very similar to that of a few months ago, when the 19-year-old Italian served to win the first set with 6-5, he lost it in the tiebreaker and then clearly succumbed in the next two rounds. This time changed the score, a little more forceful than that 7-6 (4), 6-4 and 6-1, but practically the same thing happened. Sinner served at 5-4 and crumpled badly with three unforced errors and a double fault to lose the game on target.Nadal had been on a roll since the aforementioned 3-5 and endorsed him an 8-0 partial with 32 of his pointsand 10 for his rival until 4-0 in the second set. Then he was disconnected only for a few moments and Jannik entered, more attentive, to shorten it to 4-3.
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From there, the best Nadal emerged again and the most vulnerable and erratic Sinner faded, the one who has not yet learned to play well when he is in advantageous situations. The number three in the world gave him a master class in defense and counterattack, tactics and knowing how to hit the right shot at all times. In a single exchange, he overflowed with a cut backhand, a high ball and a drive. The result was another crushing segment of the manacorí, a new 8-0 that put everyone in their place.
Going for a Borg record
With this new triumph in three sets, Nadal has 35 in a row without losing in the tournament since the 2019 final and is six from Bjorn Borg’s absolute record in the Grand Slams, the 41 that he won precisely in Paris between 1979 and 1981. The Spanish has 104 victories in the French tournament, more than anyone in any major. Federer was already behind with the 102 that he has in Australia and the 101 that he treasures in Wimbledon.
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