Wimbledon: Jannik Sinner becomes youngest semi-finalist since 2007


Jannik Sinner is through to his first Major semi-final at Wimbledon. The young Italian faced the Russian Roman Safiullin in the quarter-final and scored a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory in two hours and 14 minutes. Thus, Jannik became the youngest Wimbledon semi-finalist since 2007 (Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet, Rafael Nadal), and the first player from his country with multiple Wimbledon quarter-finals. Sinner blasted 14 aces and dominated with his first serve. He lost serve two times from five chances offered to his opponent and delivered six breaks from 12 opportunities. Safiullin scored four great wins to enter the last eight for the first time at Majors. He bounced back in the second set against Sinner before losing ground in sets three and four to hit the exit door. Jannik made a reliable start and dropped four points behind the initial shot in the opener. They reached 2-2 in 11 minutes, and the Italian stepped in on the return in the fifth game.

Jannik Sinner defeated Roman Safiullin in the Wimnbledon quarter-final.

Roman denied two break points to remain on the positive side, and they stayed neck and neck until 4-4. Jannik placed a great return for three break chances in the ninth game and seized the second to open a 5-4 gap. Sinner held at love in the tenth game to wrap up the opener in style and gain a boost. The Italian grabbed a break in the second set’s third game and confirmed it with a backhand down the line bullet in the next one for 3-1. Suddenly, Safiullin raised his level and rattled off five consecutive games to turn the tables and steal the set! The Russian broke back in the sixth game and repeated that two games later for 5-3.

Roman served for the set in the ninth game and held at love to wrap it up and level the overall score. Jannik made a fresh start in the third set, serving well and keeping the pressure on the other side. Safiullin felt the pressure in all four service games, repelling early break chances but failing to repeat that in the second part. Sinner broke in the sixth game for 4-2 and closed the set with another return game at 5-2 after the rival’s backhand error. Jannik fended off a break point at the start of the fourth set and barely lost a point behind the initial shot in the rest of the set. Safiullin produced two fine holds before losing ground at 2-3. The Russian played a terrible forehand to drop serve and fall closer to the exit door. Jannik returned at 5-2 and delivered another break after Roman’s loose backhand to celebrate his first Major semi-final and set the Novak Djokovic clash. 

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