Jannik Sinner overtakes Christopher Eubanks at the US Open | ATP circuit


Jannik Sinner was pushed over the edge in his US Open opener but the Italian was back on track on Thursday.

The 11th seed knocked out American Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 7-6(8), 6-2 to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row. He will next face American Brandon Nakashima after the 21-year-old #NextGenATP star beat former world number 3 Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-3.

In the first round, Sinner needed three hours and 35 minutes in five sets to beat Germany’s Daniel Altmaier. Against Eubanks, it took him two hours and 24 minutes.


It was by no means a stress-free victory for the Italian, who was tested in a lengthy second-set tie-break, in which he needed four set points. But once Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals 2019 champion escaped that tie-break, he crossed the finish line.

Sinner converted four of his 12 break points and committed just 16 unforced errors to Eubanks’ 51 in a two-hour, 24-minute win. Eubanks is now 0-11 against the top 50 players.

It was a successful year for Sinner at the Grand Slam Championships. The Italian reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and also qualified for the fourth round at Roland Garros. Sinner won his sixth ATP Tour title at Umag.

Like Sinner, Andrey Rublev also produced a more dominant display on Thursday after surviving a five-set scare against Laslo Djere in his opener.

The ninth seed dispatched Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 in an hour and 45 minutes to reach the third round in New York for the fifth time. The 24-year-old, who has won three titles at tour level this year, hit 35 winners to set up a meeting with Canadian Denis Shapovalov or Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.

Cameron Norrie also advanced, sweeping Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The seventh seed is currently 11th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin as he aims to finish the season strong and qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in November.

The 27-year-old Brit will aim for the fourth round for the first time in New York when he takes on #NextGenATP Dane Holger Rune.

#NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti has secured another success for Italy. The 20-year-old eliminated the Dutchman 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the third round for the first time. Musetti will then face the eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz or Ilya Ivashka.

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