Jannik Sinner eases through in straight sets to begin Roland Garros campaign and alleviate hip fears

Monday, 27 May 2024 at 13:20
Jannik Sinner was a bit of an unknown when it comes to the 2024 French Open with a hip injury keeping him on the sidelines since Madrid where he wasn't right anyway in pulling up before playing Felix Auger-Aliassime. But he has made a winning start 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 over Christopher Eubanks to reach the second round.
Sinner will now take on Richard Gasquet in two days time after a successful opening foray on Court Suzanne-Lenglen after being surprisingly omitted from the Court Philippe-Chatrier schedule.
Albeit he was one of only a few matches being played early afternoon in Paris with the roof being closed due to rain and for many matches, they were delayed part way through. Only really Sinner and Jabeur avoid the delays in the opening hour or so and it is the Italian who sails into the sunset for a crunch clash with the veteran who had the whole crowd singing his name yesterday.
Sinner won't be fazed by this but certainly turns up the anti when it comes to the tie. He won in just over two hours against Eubanks. He sealed the opening set 6-3 in 39 minutes. Initially steamrollering into a 4-1 lead, Eubanks came back at him and forced the anti. He was 4-3 down at one point, but Sinner surged claiming the final two games for the first set.
Sinner then sealed the second set in similar circumstances, just not as close. He went 4-1 and 5-2 up with one solitary break but despite surviving three break point he sealed it. He then had issues serving out the match. He had one match point on Eubanks serve and went 40-15 down on his own. An interesting stanza would've followed if Eubanks could've sent it the distance. But Sinner quickly turned the tables and sealed it.

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