On the sixth attempt it's the charm for Jannik Sinner.
The 20-year-old Italian heels to the right and rounds off an afternoon that he threatens to adopt an epic turn, finally discarded because the quarterfinalist reacts to each push from Carlos Alcaraz (19) with a formidable defense.
There is no way: 6-1, 6-4 and 6-7(8) and 6-3, after 3h 25m.
This closes this episode of the rivalry that aims to mark the new era.
The Spaniard does not give up, although in front of him there is a wall that speaks loud and clear: tomorrow also belongs to him.
Sinner has been superior.
Thus ends this second tour of Wimbledon, a territory of complexities and difficulties.
But the boy from El Palmar is not leaving empty: with only five games on grass, he promises revenge and finds encouragement from New York on the horizon.
He summons at the end of August: here I come,
The future era is written at full speed, the one fired by the saber strokes of one and the other from the first ball in play.
It's an afternoon in fast motion.
With few exceptions, the change of gears or speculation is over.
The new youth that pushes and opens a gap processes and executes everything at a dizzying pace, as if only today, the now, were valid.
From the beginning, the two face an open grave and the fan watching from the side stand hardly has time to make the characteristic turn of the neck, from one side to the other,
, to follow the wake of the ball in The exchanges.
Alcaraz and Sinner – on Tuesday against Novak Djokovic: 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 and 6-2 against Tim van Rijthoven – progress and compete at full speed, as if there were no brakes on their single-seaters.
Alcaraz vs. Sinner: Welcome to Tomorrow
Alcaraz said that he is beginning to have conviction on the grass, and this is evidenced by the evolution of the two previous to the crossing with the Italian.
He is no longer a stranger on the surface.
He added the Murcian who knew how to sink his teeth into his friend, whom he beat as a couple of teenagers in 2015 and whom he burned last year in Bercy, in the first professional meeting between the two.
However, Sinner has come with the lesson well learned and with a firm step, with the solid will to claim his share of prominence with good tennis and suggestive arguments.
The Tyrolean breaks the ball, charges hard over and over again, but has a much richer record than the new-fangled strikers.
He escapes the current stereotype.
He draws and wrists naturally, and the stands of La Catedral begin to fantasize and remember those times in which the first-time Becker, that redhead, left everyone speechless in the execution of the serve and the volley.
He sends Sinner at each pitch and aborts any attempt by Alcaraz to rejoin, demanding the Spanish at each point and frustrated: when the rival arms the arm, the blow is indecipherable.
He has legs for everyone from Murcia, but that fierce ball shoots out and sinks its teeth into the string, so when he tries to return it, he often gets stuck in the racket.
He runs and runs the one from El Palmar, but the Italian's mallet prevails.
runrún and passing joy
"Come on Carlitos, let's go animal!", they encourage him from a background.
And he insists and insists, but there is no way.
The errors dirty the statistics –39 at the end, compared to 8 on Friday against Oscar Otte– and in the
, populated by 12 companions, concern abounds.
A few meters away, the five members who support Sinner watch with enthusiasm and the impact of a serve against the plate generates the onomatopoeia of the public: “
Yes, Sinner also points to a great project.
Hieratic, he scratches the
and controls the scene with the aplomb that characterizes him;
he is 20 years old, but tackles like a veteran.
He has already won the first two sets (32 minutes the first) and La Catedral awaits Alcaraz's reaction.
There is a buzz.
Sinner wins the battle of youth.@janniksin becomes the youngest man to reach the quarter-finals at The Championships since 2014#Wimbledon |
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2022
There are, of course, some of those strokes of genius that dazzle so much.
He is the revolver of the moment.
He doesn't turn his face away, he fights, he tries to toughen up the game.
He rushes too;
from the bottom, the right screeches.
It is not a lucky day.
He doesn't even find comfort in those balls that hit the tape and stay suspended in the air;
they all fall on Sinner's side.
Actually, he earns it.
Undeniable and unflappable, the Italian progresses like a cyborg.
He doesn't give one away.
Or yes, when the excess of desire costs him a dislike and his pulse is prolonged.
At the edge of the heading, a setback to the tape and a rest to the mesh penalize him.
Faced with the abyss, Alcaraz gets bigger, climbs, presses and, now, yes, scratches and scratches the prize.
It invites you to think of that spark as a turning point, but it remains a passing joy.
Sinner repels –seven out of seven break options denied– and counterattacks as soon as the fourth set begins;
he matures the duel until he definitively tips the balance.
Lady exhibition to the rest, lime dust when his ball kisses the lines.
Alcaraz saves three other terminal situations, but reluctantly bows.
There he ends the tour of the Spaniard, who landed in London with caution, then raised the speech and returns home with a profitable accumulation of experiences on the green.
Next year, the English tour will probably be different for him.
London awaits your return.
“THE CATHEDRAL HAS IMPOSED ME, BUT I LEAVE WITH MY HEAD HIGH”
Alcaraz's face and speech revealed friction in the conference room.
On the one hand, the Murcian underlined what he had learned on this second trip to London, but on the other, the sting of the defeat that shattered his dream of capturing his first Grand Slam could be guessed in his expression.
“I didn't come with high expectations, although I'm leaving with my head held high.
Despite not having played at the level I wanted, I had options and I am happy to have been able to generate opportunities to change the game”, he introduced.
However, Alcaraz said, he lacked "mental stability."
That linearity that his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, demands of him.
“Today, as in many games, at times I play well and at times badly.
It cost me a little.
The Wimbledon center has imposed a lot on me.
It is called La Catedral for a reason, ”he specified.
He will now head to Hamburg and Umag, where he won his first professional title last year, to try and scrape together a handful of victories before heading into the summer tour on concrete.
And he's not lacking in optimism, of course: “I've played very good games and I've managed to give a good level at the end, but Jannik has been incredible”.
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