Jannik Sinner struggles more than expected in Rome, but is in the round of 16

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Sinner struggles but advances to the round of 16 in Rome

Jannik Sinner’s journey in Rome continues, but not without effort: the South Tyrolean tennis player overcame Russian Alexander Shevchenko (6-3 6-7 6-2) in three sets in two and a quarter hours of play and advanced to the round of 16 of the Internazionali d’Italia.

It was a more complicated match than expected for Jannik: in both first two sets, in fact, the Italian found himself immediately down by a break. If in the first set the number one Italian tennis player managed to immediately reengage his opponent and close on the 6-3 final, in the second partial the comeback was not enough because, arrived at the tie-break, the Russian won by 7 points to 4, extending the match to the third and decisive set.

In the last partial, however, came the prompt reaction of Sinner who from 2-2 ramped up, winning the last four games of the match and closed on the first useful match point.

With this victory Sinner earned the round of 16 where he will face Francisco Cerundolo, the tournament’s number 24 seed.

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