Jannik Sinner defeats Hanfmann in hard-fought Wimbledon opener

Monday, 01 July 2024 at 21:46
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Jannik Sinner (No. 1) emerged victorious against a resilient Yannik Hanfmann (No. 110) with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, advancing to the second round at Wimbledon. They had only one previous encounter at the 2023 US Open, where the Italian was dominant and dropped just five games, but this time the story was different.
Although the 32-year-old German has experienced a steady decline in the rankings over the past year, having been within the top 50 in January, he was competitive at times against Sinner, who managed to recover and secure the victory in three hours.

Sinner struggled with his serve

In the first set, Sinner had significant trouble landing his first serve, achieving only 45%. Nonetheless, both his first and second serves were effective enough to win 71% of his service points. The first break points went to the Italian, who secured the advantage in the 6th game and held onto his serve to take the set 6-3.
It didn't seem like a particularly challenging day for Sinner, who had not even faced break points despite his first serve's inconsistency. However, in the second set, Hanfmann began to be more aggressive on return, leading to many more exchanges.
As a result, the German had five break points in his favor but couldn't capitalize on any of them. On the other hand, Jannik Sinner had just one break opportunity in the third game, which was enough to take the second set 6-4.
Jannik Sinner at French Open few weeks ago.
Jannik Sinner at French Open few weeks ago.
In the third set, Sinner's low first serve percentage began to take its toll, dropping to just 56%, well below his standards. Additionally, he won only 33% of his second serve points, while Hanfmann seemed more comfortable with his own service.
Hanfmann surprised everyone by securing two consecutive breaks in the third set, going up 4-0. Although he lost his serve once, he managed to stay ahead and, after 45 minutes, took the third set 6-3. Once the third set ended, the impending rain forced the roof to close, resulting in a pause of just over 10 minutes before a warm-up resumed.
When the players returned to the court, Sinner's inconsistent moment seemed to be behind him, and he showcased his best tennis in the fourth set. The 2024 Australian Open champion achieved a 70% first serve rate and an 88% effectiveness, finally imposing the excellent serving that has characterized his season.
Sinner secured the victory 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and advanced to the second round, where he will face none other than his compatriot and former runner-up Matteo Berrettini.

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