Jannik Sinner survives first round epic at French Open
Jannik Sinner rallied from two sets to one down to win in five sets for the first time in his career and advance at the French Open.
Jannik Sinner won through against Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 in a little over three and a half hours on-court.
The Italian came out swinging to command the first set before struggling to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 deficit against home favourite Herbert.
Sinner called for the doctor at 6-1, 4-6, 2-1, telling the medic that he “felt strange” and that his “reaction time felt slow,” before his heartbeat and oxygen levels were checked with a fingertip pulse oximeter, indicating that all was ok.
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The struggles continued for Sinner as he faced match point on his serve at 4-5 in the fourth set, but Herbert failed to convert before the teenager took the set himself.
Sinner then secured an early break in the fifth set, with both men continuing to hold serve before the 19-year-old served out the match after himself having a match point opportunity on Herbert’s serve at 3-5.
Jannik Sinner will next face fellow Italian Gianluca Mager in the second round.
(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)
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