Sinner Outplays Gasquet to Advance at Roland-Garros: A Frenchman’s Tough Defeat

Sinner Outplays Gasquet to Advance at Roland-Garros: A Frenchman’s Tough Defeat

Even if the audience at the Philippe-Chatrier court pushed as one man behind him, the step was far too high for Richard Gasquet. Despite all the man’s will, Jannik Sinner is currently playing a few floors above and the story ends in the second round of Roland-Garros for the Frenchman.

During the first games, which were superb, the gap between the two men was not obvious. Gasquet gave everything and responded head-to-head to the world No. 2. The backhands were flying, but the forehands were not to be outdone. The ball came out of both rackets well and for six games, there was a real match. But we felt that Gasquet did not have much margin while Sinner could still gain momentum.

Above all, we could see that Gasquet was starting to suffer by chaining rallies or forward races on Sinner’s well-felt cushioning. In fact, the first break point of the match was for Sinner. He didn’t even need to hit it since Gasquet offered him his commitment on a double fault (4-3). If he got a break point in stride, Sinner put it away with a winning forehand. Behind him he won the game following a great cushioning campaign. Gasquet would save two more break points, but Sinner closed the set with a winning serve.

A third set hooked

The fear that Gasquet had given everything in this first set was quickly verified. Physically scarred, he could do nothing more than unleash a few scattered winning shots in a second set which turned into a solitary jumper for a Sinner increasingly in control of the debates (6-4, 6-2).

To the greatest joy of the spectators, Gasquet found a semblance of a second wind when attacking the third set. Broken from the start, he managed to erase his handicap to get back to 2-2. At times we found the Gasquet from the start of the match, sharper. But Sinner immediately took over the Frenchman’s service. The Italian was far too clinical to be fooled by the fuses lit by Gasquet and the fans who screamed at each of his points. Forcing Gasquet into exhausting lefts and straights and, always, forward runs, he got the better of his opponent’s physical resistance.

Jannik Sinner therefore continues his Parisian adventure, with the dual objective of the title and the world No. 1 position. Richard Gasquet wonders if he will still be there next year.

2024-05-29 21:44:57
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