‘I dug deep today,’ declares Jannik Sinner after rallying to defeat Karatsev
Jannik Sinner battled back from being comprehensively beaten in the first set to overcome Aslan Karatsev and progress in Lyon .
Jannik Sinner fought hard after being bageled by a dominant Karatsev in the first set, going on to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two and a half hours on-court.
“Obviously it has been tough,” Sinner said in his post-match interview. “He’s a great player. Especially this year he’s had some big results so a lot of respect to [Karatsev].
“I tried to dig in deep today and in the end I’m very happy that I finished [off] the match today.”
Jannik Sinner did not win a single point behind his second serve in the first set as Karatsev dictated the set.
The 19-year-old then bounced back to take the second set 6-3 before an extended rain delay suspended play at 1-2 in the third set, on the Italian’s serve.
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“It’s great to see some crowds as well. I think everyone missed that so thank you very much.
“Today I definitely struggled, especially in the beginning. The first set went quite fast and I tried to take a little bit of time. Then the rain came.
“So, it was not easy, but I think for a first round match I can be very happy.”
Jannik Sinner will face French lucky loser Arthur Rinderknech for a place in the quarter-finals.
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