Sinner advances to quarter finals at SW19Tim Strawn
In a match that was billed as a clash between two of the stars of tomorrow, #10 seed, Jannik Sinner of Italy faced the #5 seed, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain. The Italian came away with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3 win but not before Alcaraz put up a tough fight. When it looked like Sinner would walk away with a straight-set win Alcaraz hung tough and pulled out a tight 3rd set tiebreak 7-6(8) and looked to be turning the match into a real dog fight. However, Sinner had other ideas, kept his cool under pressure, and closed it out 6-3 in set #4. The underlying problem for Alcaraz? He was 0-7 on break points while Sinner was 4 of 12. Sinner also proved to be more effective at net winning 27/40 (68%) while Alcaraz was 13/24 (54%). With so few breaks of serve happening after the first set, holding serve became a critical aspect of just who would come out on top in the end.
If there’s one thing we’re learning from this fortnight at SW19 it’s that tennis has a bright future for both the men and the women.