The blue wins in 3 sets
Jannik Sinner beats Daniel Evans and qualifies for the round of 16 of the ATP 500 in Beijing. The Italian, seeded number 6, beats the British 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 in 2h50′ and now awaits the winner of the match between the Chinese Juncheng Shang and the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka .
Sinner, returning to the circuit 3 weeks ago from the US Open, plays an impeccable match for almost 2 sets. The decline was costly and took the match to the third set, where the 22-year-old Italian took the reins of the match back into his hands. The South Tyrolean scored 11 aces even if the percentage of first balls (55%) was not impressive. This also explains the 4 break points granted in a match in which there were 39 winners and 13 gratuitous errors.
Sinner takes off in the first set with the break in the fifth game and goes on autopilot: Evans tries to stay in the wake, but the 6-4 comes without any jolts. The script also seems to be outlined in the second set, which Sinner controls until 4-2 after an early break. At 5-4, Sinner pulls the plug: he gives up serve to zero and we go to the tie-break. Evans makes no mistakes and finishes 7-2 against an opponent who appears to be in reserve.
The third set opens with Sinner’s extension (3-0) but the break is not definitive. Evans goes ahead in bursts and gets back to 3-3 while the Italian needs the intervention of the physiotherapist: the muscles don’t respond 100%, but no alarm goes off. Sinner is good at raising the pace ahead of the finish line. The third break point in the eighth game is the right one: 5-3 and easy closure for 6-3 with a string of 7 consecutive points.