Sinner Sets Medvedev Clash In Marseille
Italian wins six of final seven points in tournament opener
Jannik Sinner made a winning start to his debut Open 13 Provence campaign on Tuesday, beating Norbert Gombos 6-4, 7-6(5) in Marseille.
The reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion, who trailed the second-set tie-break 1/4, saved all six break points he faced throughout the two-hour, three-minute encounter. Sinner is competing at a career-high No. 68 in the FedEx ATP Rankings this week. At last week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the Italian recorded his maiden Top 10 victory against David Goffin to reach his first ATP 500 quarter-final.
That is RIDICULOUS @janniksin 🤯
Just how have you done that?!
— ATP Tour (@atptour) February 18, 2020
Sinner will face top seed Daniil Medvedev in the second round. Medvedev is making his second appearance in the main draw this year. The World No. 5 advanced to the quarter-finals on his tournament debut in 2017.
In the first match on Court Central, Hubert Hurkacz needed just 64 minutes to move past French wild card Antoine Hoang 6-4, 6-1. The eighth seed dropped just two points behind his first serve (22/24) to book a second-round clash against Vasek Pospisil. The Montpellier runner-up saved five of six break points to beat Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland 7-6(6), 6-3.