ATP World No. 1 Sinner Did Not Find It Easy To Win His Grass Season Debut Outing

Jannik Sinner didn’t have an easy time in his debut match as the reigning world number one, but he still won it in three sets.

The Italian elected to start his grass season at the 2024 Halle Open, where he had to face Tallon Griekspoor in the opening round. The Dutch player was never an easy out, especially not recently after further improvement on the grass courts.

He has a solid serve and plays very effectively from both sides, even if he can be quite streaky at times. Sinner didn’t play any grass match this year therefore this was a proper test to start the season on the green surface for him.

New World No. 1 Sinner Starts Grass Season With Hard-Fought Comeback Win

The opening set had him preserve a break point early, but he didn’t surrender his serve. It arrived in a tie-break, in which the world no. 1 player enjoyed a 5-1 lead only to toss it away and lose it 8-10.

It was a pretty odd scenario but also a testament to Grieksppor’s strength. Sinner’s defeat in the first set meant that he had to be better in the second set, and he answered the challenge.

He wasn’t perfect because he still allowed break points to his opponent, but he was able to outplay him over the course of a number of games to grab away that second set, 6-3.

As the pressure increased on Griekspoor, he started to fade a bit. The final set wasn’t so fantastic for him because he kept giving the top seed decent looks, and the Italian broke him midway through the set

On his own serve, Sinner looked as good as ever sailing through the games. He was able to hold that lead and then complete it out in three sets with the final score being 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-2.

It was a nice win for Sinner, who avoided losing his debut match as the world number one. As he remarked before the event, keeping world number one will be a new task.

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