Jannik Sinner reached the quarterfinals of the Sofia Open 2020. One of the young hopes of Italian tennis recorded a straight sets win against the “lucky loser” from the qualifications Mark-Andrea Husler – 6: 3, 6:4, in just a bit more than an hour on the court.
Siner again was serving extremely stable and did not allow it to be broken for the whole match. At the same time, he reached a break in both sets, which was enough to move on.
“I feel great on court. Physically I feel well. I am ready for tomorrow. I think he is a great player. Lefty, specialist on this kind of court – indoor hard. He has a huge serve, very difficult to read where he is going. And if you serve not good one game, you are going to lose the match. He is confident with his serve. It is never easy to play against this kind of players. So I started to return a little bit from far away. It is not easy going from Challenger to ATP. I am sure, he can go in Top100”, Sinner said.
Sinner reached his first Grand Sam championship quarter-final last month at Roland Garros, where he became the youngest major quarter-finalist since 18-year-old Bernard Tomic at 2011 Wimbledon.
“The beginning of the match was tough for my side because he was attacking my second serve pretty well, and giving more pressure like I knew to put in my first. Sometimes it is not take a lot. I didn’t use my chances today in the match. I didn’t have too many but in the important moments I dropped my level a bit. And at the end this make the difference between winner and loser. At the end I lose in straight sets 6:3, 6:4, twice one break. At the other hand I fell I have some air to play better. And to use my chances. This motivate me a lot and shows me that even against players like Jannek who is one of the best players at moment at least, it shows me that I can improve even more. And I have a long journey hopefully infront of me”, Huesler said after the match.
In the quarterfinals, Siner will meet another young tennis player – the third-seeded Alex De Minaur, who earlier today started the tournament with a two-set success against the qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
Curiously, it was Siner and De Minaur who played in the final of last year’s edition of the Youth Masters NextGen in Milan, and the victory was for the Italian.
“He is a very solid player, moving very fast. He for sure improved a lot. Both improved. It is going to be completely different match between us than last year in Next Gen (the final, Sinner won). He is going to change something for sure. Maybe me as well. I still have to prepare how to play against him. But the basic plan is always the same. Trying to serve well, trying to let him move, and playing deep. For sure it will be the toughest match so far here for me and I am looking forward for tomorrow:, Sinner added.