Sinner in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Kachanov beaten in the round of 16

The blue beats the Russian in 3 sets and advances

Jannik Sinner beats Russian Karen Khachanov in the round of 16 of the 2024 Australian Open tennis and qualifies for the quarter-finals of the first Slam tournament of the season. The Italian, number 4 in the world, today 21 January 2024 beats the Russian, seeded number 25, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in 2h34′. Sinner now faces the winner of the match between the Russian Andrei Rublev, seeded number 5, and the Australian Alex de Minaur, seeded number 10. On the horizon, in the semifinals, the duel with Novak Djokovic. The Serbian, world number 1, overwhelms the French Adrian Mannarino in the round of 16 (6-0, 6-0, 6-3) and in the quarterfinals he will face the American Taylor Fritz, seeded number 12, capable of round of 16 to defeat the Greek Stefano Tsitsipas, number 7 on the scoreboard, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

The match

Sinner takes off with his foot on the accelerator and already in the third game he scores the break (1-2) to zero. The 22 year old from South Tyrol does well to repel Khachanov’s attack in the following game, canceling the first 2 break points granted and extending the lead (3-1). The fraction slips away without too many jolts, whoever is serving manages without too many problems until the decisive tenth game. Sinner has to face 3 more break points which would allow his opponent to rebalance the score. Khachanov wastes chances repeatedly and hands the set to the South Tyrolean, who takes the 6-4 despite a mediocre 49% of first balls.

Sinner opens the second set with a break which, however, he is unable to defend. The Italian’s serve goes with alternating current and Khachanov not only equalizes the score (1-1) but in the fourth game he has 2 more break points that he doesn’t exploit (2-2). The script repeats itself in the eighth game: Sinner, practically perfect when he comes to the net (11 points on as many runs) manages to cancel 2 more break points and stay afloat (4-4) before landing the decisive blow. At 5-5, Khachanov gets stuck at 40-15. The Italian scores 4 points in a row, wins 6-5 and immediately after closes the set 7-5.

In the third set, Sinner finally increases the percentage of first balls: holding serve finally seems like an easier task. It’s Khachanov who risks big on a couple of occasions: at 1-1 and 2-2 the blue would have the chance to break but the break doesn’t materialize. The Russian’s wall collapses in the seventh game, when Sinner further raises the pace and breaks through. Khachanov makes a mistake, 3-4 and the world number 4 has the path clear to the finish line: another break, 6-3 and curtain.