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How Sickness Contributed to Sinner’s Demise at Wimbledon, and Why He is Nonetheless Assured Going Ahead

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday July 9, 2024

Wimbledon was shaping up brilliantly for Jannik Sinner. He entered Tuesday’s quarterfinal conflict with Daniil Medvedev carrying a nine-match profitable streak on the grass, and he had by no means misplaced since rising to World No.1 on June tenth.

However he awoke on the mistaken aspect of the mattress on Tuesday, and noticed his profitable streak go down the drain. Sinner says he felt sick this morning earlier than the match, and issues solely received worse through the bodily 4 hour and one-minute encounter.

“Already this morning I did not really feel nice,” he stated. “Had some issues. Then with the fatigue, it was robust.”

Sinner was fast to credit score Medvedev, the person he defeated from two set to like down on this yr’s Australian Open.

“Nothing to remove from Daniil. I feel he performed very good,” he stated. “He performed good tennis.”

The 22-year-old Italian informed reporters that he struggled mightily to seek out power on the court docket, and felt even worse within the third set, as he had his blood strain checked on court docket and went off court docket with docs after the third sport.

“I went off the court docket really. I did not wish to go off,” he stated. “The physio informed me higher to take a while as a result of he watched me, and I did not appear in form to play. I used to be struggling bodily. It was not a simple second. I attempted to combat with what I had as we speak.”

Sinner began to really feel higher when he returned to the court docket, however it wasn’t sufficient to see him previous Medvedev.

“I did not vomit, however it took a while as a result of I used to be dizzy quite a bit,” he stated. “Truly off court docket I had the hardest time perhaps. Once I went again, I attempted my greatest. Clearly disenchanted concerning the third set. Had couple of set factors. Could not use them. Fourth set I raised my degree a bit of bit. Within the fifth I had only one poor service sport, which determined the match.

“Right now the power degree was not constant. It was up and down. Like this, it is also not straightforward to deal with the conditions on the court docket.”

Regardless of the loss, and the truth that he falls to 6-9 lifetime in five-setters, Sinner sees positives in his play and in his efficiency at Wimbledon.

“Robust one once more as a result of I misplaced in 5 in Roland Garros, in 5 right here, and 5 in US Open final yr. It is all a part of what it takes to hopefully make the step ahead once more,” he stated. “It nonetheless provides me confidence for the subsequent tournaments developing. Then we see the way it goes.

“I imply, it is a robust one to swallow. However the season goes very optimistic, a number of wins, not so many losses. The losses, they’re very tight matches. The extent is there. That is an important. Simply watching out for the positives.”

Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson, an expert in tennis and golf, has covered numerous Grand Slam tournaments and PGA Tours. Her sharp analysis and player insights are a staple of her reporting. Sarah loves playing recreational tennis and is an avid golfer who enjoys weekend rounds with friends.


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