Jannik, who had not played since the first round of Wimbledon, surrenders in two sets to the Australian who had never reached the ATP quarterfinals
Jannik Sinner’s road starts again uphill at his debut on the circuit after giving up the Tokyo Games. The South Tyrolean, who has spent the last few weeks training with Riccardo Piatti between the Island of Elba and Bordighera, was eliminated at the debut of the ATP 250 in Atlanta. To win with a score of 7-6 6-4 was the Australian Christopher O’Connel, number 132 in the world, who thus reaches the first quarter of his career at the ATP level. Starting from the qualifiers, O’Connell overtook Kudla at the debut and now Sinner, seeded number 2 of the tournament.
There were no precedents between Sinner and the 27-year-old from Sydney. A balanced first set decided at the tie-break: on the tenth point an error by the Australian granted two consecutive set points to the blue who, however, was unable to take advantage of them, as well as a third, and O’Connell ended up winning it for 9 points to 7. The South Tyrolean felt the blow and gave up the serve even at the start of the second set, on the first ball-break conceded in the match. The 27-year-old from Sydney defended the lead until the tenth game: Jannik canceled the first two match-points but not the third and O’Connell was able to celebrate his most prestigious career victory.
July 29 – 9.45pm
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