Jannik Sinner struggles past Fabian Marozsan but moves into Halle Quarter-Finals

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Thursday, 20 June 2024 at 16:12
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Jannik Sinner's clear objective is to win Wimbledon after being beaten at Roland Garros by Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals. As the brand new world number 1, he faces Halle Open as his first test and he is already in the quarterfinals after beating the Hungarian Fabian Marozsan in the round of 16 (6-4/6-7/6-3).
It was an intense match in which both players started very aggressive and breaking each other's serves. Thus, the match came evenly matched to the decisive phase of the first set, with a very brave Hungarian player not letting Sinner find his rhythm as he did against the Dutchman, Tallon Griekspoor.
In that decisive moment, Sinner took a step forward. He broke the Hungarian ace's serve and went 5-4 up and served to close the first set. He had no problems to close it out with his serve and went to the break 6-4 up in a very complete first set in which he lost his serve early but ended up imposing clearly to his rival adding 4 aces and 2 of 5 in break points won. The key was that he won 82% of his first serves against 59% of his opponent.
Similar script in the second set, with the two players more settled on the court and showing much more confident with their respective services. Thus, there was no break point in favor with the score 4-4 as in the first set.
At 4-4 Sinner squeezed Marozsan as in the first set, but this time the Hungarian held and was able to put the 5-4 in his favor, creating the first uncomfortable moment of the match for the brand new world number 1. Sinner pressed, did not fail with his serve, tied the match at five, squeezed Marozsan in the next game and had two break points in favor, but the Hungarian defended well to secure the tie break. Thus, in the sudden death, as had happened the day before, he was overcome by his rival, who ended up taking the duel to the third set;
After losing the tie break Sinner pressed at the beginning of the third set, broke Maroszan's serve, took a 3-0 lead and practically sentenced the match. Thus, another difficult day on grass in Halle for a world number 1 who despite the difficulties did not fail and ended up closing the third set with ease by 6-3.

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