(VIDEO): Jannik Sinner bursts into laughter during service game

Sunday, 23 June 2024 at 05:30
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Jannik Sinner couldn't help but laugh during a tense moment in his match against Zhang Zhizhen after his serve was interrupted by a fan's sneeze. The world No. 1 was serving in the semifinals of the Halle Open with the score at 6-4, 5-6, trying to hold his serve to take the set to a tie-break.
The Chinese player had found a good opportunity at the most critical moment of the match, and they were at deuce while Sinner prepared to serve. With the stadium in complete silence, a loud sneeze from someone in the audience echoed throughout the venue, interrupting the Italian's serve, causing him to burst into laughter due to the unusual situation.
Although Sinner tried to quickly resume his serve, he had to take a moment to regain his focus amidst the laughter and applause from the crowd. His opponent Zhang also took the moment in good humor while waiting for Sinner's serve. The 22-year-old player took a few seconds but finally connected his first serve with an ace, giving him the advantage, and eventually won the game to take it to a tie-break.
Sinner managed to win the match in the tie-break 6-4, 7-6(3) and advanced to his fourth final of the season. The 2024 Australian Open champion will now face Hubert Hurkacz (world No. 9), who comes off a straight-sets victory over Alexander Zverev (No. 4).

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