Jannik Sinner mentioned in same breath as Novak Djokovic with Major milestone
Jannik Sinner has become the youngest man to reach at least the quarter-finals of all four Major tournaments since Novak Djokovic in 2008 after making it to the last eight of the US Open for the very first time.
The 21-year-old Italian defeated Belarusian talent Ilya Ivashka in a five-set thriller 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to set a meeting with fellow young star Carlos Alcaraz and a shot at a first Slam semi-final.
“When I was down, thanks to you guys I’m keeping my head up because today I was struggling, not playing my best,” he said thanking the crowd in his on-court interview. “In the fifth set I tried to dig deep, which I did. Obviously I’m very happy to be in the next round, but I want to share this with you guys, thank you so much.”
After reaching his first Major quarter-final at the 2020 French Open, Sinner has now reached the same stage of the other three Slams, all in 2022. The last man who achieved the feat at a younger age was a 20-year-old Djokovic after he made it that far or further at each Slam from the 2007 French Open to the 2008 Australian Open, where the Serb claimed his maiden Slam title.
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In the next round, both Sinner and Alcaraz will be looking to land their first ever appearance in a Major semi-final as they do battle for the fourth time at tour level. Alcaraz won their first meeting at last year’s Paris Masters, before Sinner won in the fourth round of Wimbledon and the final of Umag this season.
Finally, along with compatriot Matteo Berrettini, Sinner also represents the first time two Italian men have ever reached the quarter-finals of the US Open.
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