Roland Garros

Sinner gets a ’10’ in the 2024 Grand Slam

The Italian seeks his second Grand Slam crown in Paris

May 31, 2024

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Jannik Sinner is the second seed at Roland Garros 2024.
By Staff

Jannik Sinner continues to accumulate efforts on the clay of Roland Garros, where he aspires to become one of the main candidates to kiss the Musketeers Cup. At 22 years old, established as one of the most respected players in the locker room, the Italian is looking for the keys in a tournament where Adriano Panatta is the only compatriot with champion stripes.

The second seed imposed his talent on the Philippe Chatrier deck to advance to the fourth round, managing the times against the skilled Pavel Kotov (6-4, 6-4, 6-4), whose angles converted the line of background in a constant racing scenario. If the hip injury suffered on the clay tour is a cause of uncertainty for Sinner, this Friday’s match was a test of perfect agility and resistance in the Italian’s body.

The victory allowed Sinner to dominate the Lexus ATP Head2Head 2-0 over Kotov, whom he already defeated at the Mutua Madrid Open weeks ago. With a record of 31-2 on the season, Jannik is still accustomed to the taste of victory in all types of scenarios.

“I think it has been very different. Every situation on the court has been different from those in Madrid,” said Sinner, who maintains an impeccable record (10-0) in Grand Slam matches this year. “I have tried to remain very focused on my game. Thank you [a la grada] for all the support. It’s amazing to play on this court. “I’ve enjoyed it very much.”

Now, on a path clear of seeds, Sinner will look to burst into the second week of the tournament with absolute strength. The Italian will play the fourth round of Roland Garros against the Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

The executioner of the Chilean Nicolás Jarry in the first round comes from beating the Austrian Sebastian Ofner 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 at the close of the day on Friday on the Simonne-Matthieu Court. It will be the first meeting between the world No. 79 and the world No. 2.

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With all the spotlight on his shoulders, Sinner tries to show maturity in a tournament where he found immediate chemistry. The Italian reached the quarterfinals during his Parisian debut in the 2020 season, achieving a feat that no player had achieved since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

The Italian completes a clay court tour in Paris marked by physical discomfort. The world No. 2, who retired in Madrid and could not participate in Rome due to a hip injury, is trying to recover at Roland Garros the rhythm of play that has elevated him in the first half of the 2024 season.

Sinner competes at Roland Garros with the opportunity to ascend to the top of the ATP Tour for the first time. The Italian occupies No. 1 in the PIF ATP Live Rankings, a position that he could only lose at the close of the tournament if reigning champion Novak Djokovic reached the final on the Paris clay. If Sinner reaches the title match at Roland Garros, regardless of the Serbian’s result, he will become the first Italian player to reach the ATP Tour throne.

Did you know…?
Jannik Sinner aspires to become the sixth man in the Open Era capable of winning the first two Grand Slams of the season in individual mode. The Italian, who won his first major at the Australian Open last January, aspires to conquer Roland Garros to follow in the footsteps of Rod Laver (1969), Mats Wilander (1988), Jim Courier (1992), Novak Djokovic ( 2016, 2021, 2023) and Rafael Nadal (2022).

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