New Junk Sinner thrived on the lawn at Wimbledon Central. The first time for the twenty-year-old tennis player from San Candido in the quarter-finals of the tournaments is a double emotion: on the one hand the surprise of an unexpected closeness to the lawn, and on the other hand an affirmation of an irresistible ascent towards the roof of the world. “I just have the superiority and appreciation for Sinner’s game. Everyone now knows his talent, he’s already a great player,” appreciating his next opponent, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, who has won the All England Club six times, undefeated since 2017. “It is clear that she will be A very tough match because Noel plays very well on that surface,” replied Sener, who admitted after the Alcaraz win that he didn’t even expect to get this far (“I don’t play well on the grass, but after the first win I adapted, game after game.” ‘) And now I look at the exam against ‘King’ Knoll. ‘I will try to do my best, it’s the least I can do, trying to enjoy every moment.’ Already in Melbourne this year, and before that at Roland Garros in 2020, the talented South Tirol has raised himself among the superb eight at a Grand Slam tournament. But he hasn’t won a single match at Wimbledon before this year. Also for this reason, despite his appearance in London as No. 10 of the rankings, he set the tournament goal of passing the first round. It certainly helps him not to participate in the grass tournaments leading up to the London Grand Slam.But then, during the Week one, match after match, Sinner was able to gradually (and quickly) adapt to the lawns of Church Road, slowly but completely different from the other surfaces.
The turning point in the third round. The match against American John Isner, the Romanian returning from 90 aces in the first two matches. Beyond the objective technical difficulties, Sener knew that the mental aspect would be crucial to victory, that is, to resist, while staying in the game, those long moments when the American’s sending would not allow him to play. He brilliantly passed the blue test that knocked out the opponent, who had already reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2018, in three sets, without missing a serve. The same stiffness was shown in the first appearance on the Central Court, on the Sunday of the centenary celebrations. Even against the world’s other tennis player, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, Sener was impressed not only by the effectiveness of the response or defenses at the baseline, but above all for his mental strength. Especially when he suffered in the third set of the return of Alcaraz, and gave up the break after losing two match points. A trait that impressed Djokovic: “He has matured a lot on the big stages, he doesn’t feel as much pressure as sometimes happens to youngsters. He has a lot of confidence, he knows he can beat anyone. He’s still young. Yet he’s really great. Experience. The way he Playing it, I see myself a bit as a youngster: the flat backhand, always behind the baseline trying to put pressure on the opponent. It will be a huge challenge for both of us.” Janek also has a chance to avenge her one-off, at Monte Carlo in 2021, which the Serbian won 6-4, 6 -2. Even if beating Djokovic this year at Wimbledon makes much more sense, it is the ultimate dedication.