Jannik Sinner earned his second straight-sets victory of the Australian Open fortnight on Wednesday, breezing previous Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in John Cain Area.
Whereas some first-round matches have but to be accomplished on account of rain, the 21-year-old Italian took full benefit of his alternative on considered one of three roofed courts at Melbourne Park the place he raced into the third spherical in a single hour, 44 minutes.
“I’m very completely satisfied to be within the subsequent spherical,” Sinner stated in his on-court interview, earlier than thanking the followers for his or her help. “Very completely satisfied to play once more right here on this courtroom, particularly right now, with the roof. Outdoors it is raining loads, so hopefully it is not going to rain within the subsequent days.
“For certain the extent right now was good. I served nicely. I returned superb additionally right now as a result of I believe he is an excellent server.”
That was some efficiency 😳
Jannik Sinner drops simply 7️⃣ video games in opposition to Etcheverry!
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The Fifteenth-seeded Sinner cruised to victory by changing on all 5 of his break factors, whereas not permitting a break likelihood on his personal serve. Dictating the majority of the rallies each on serve and return, firing 32 winners, he drove residence his benefit by attacking the online 22 instances, profitable 20 of these factors.
A six-time champion on the ATP Tour, Sinner reached the AO quarter-finals for the primary time final 12 months earlier than falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The pair is seeded to satisfy once more on this 12 months’s fourth spherical, although the Italian should first beat Lloyd Harris or Marton Fucsovics and Tsitsipas should additionally battle into the final 16.
With Matteo Berrettini’s five-set defeat to Andy Murray within the first spherical, Sinner is now the top-ranked Italian within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Rankings. Holding agency at No. 16 this week, Sinner is one place forward of countryman Lorenzo Musetti, who misplaced to Harris within the opening spherical.
Argentina’s Etcheverry, 23, was bidding to achieve the third spherical at a Grand Slam for the primary time in 5 makes an attempt. The World No. 79 completed the 2022 season with the second-most match wins on the ATP Challenger Tour (41), profitable his third title at that degree and reaching 4 extra finals on the 12 months.
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