US Open: Sinner Ivashka folds and flies to quarters like Berrettini

Jannik struggles but tames Ivashka. For the sixth time in history, two Italians have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam together

For the sixth time in history, and the second this year, two Italian players have simultaneously reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. After Matteo Berrettini, who yesterday beat Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 in the fifth set, came Yannick Sener’s turn tonight, who, without doing his best in tennis, ousted Belarusian Ilya Ivachka 6-1-57 6-2 4-6 6-3 in 3 hours and 48 minutes of play, he qualifies for the first time in the US Open quarter-finals.


A fight, not very pretty, filled with many free bugs (64 for Ivashka, 55 for Sinner) and a few winners overall (22 from Belarus, 46 from South Tyrol). Sinner runs the time of will for an hour long without having any kind of resistance from an opponent unable to hold a racket even 6-1, 3-1. Big advantage that Sinner instead squanders it at the crucial moment to extend the second set. At 4-3, South Tyrol, with another double fault (at the end of the match, there will be 14), allows the opponent to score the counter-break. Ivashka is now more flexible, better withstands exchanges from below, takes courage and, at 6-5 degrees, a new break to re-equivalence. However, Sinner seemed to immediately take the position again: at 1-1, thanks to his opponent’s double fault, he shot forward again on the score, missing three double-break occasions which, however, arrives on time. A few games later. Hierarchies are respected on the pitch once again and Blue starts the fourth set at full speed, leading two sets to 1 and with the Belarusian struggling with a physiotherapist for a problem with his left thigh. The beginning of the fourth set is uncertain, colorless. Ivashka holds two matches without hits and then receives a 3-1 break as a gift. Sinner recovers immediately, but gets angry when he misses 3-all 3 consecutive break points to get under the finish line banner. The South Tyrolean immediately suffers and at 4-5, he makes four free errors, and gives the set to his opponent. In the fifth set, tragedy seemed to loom as Ivashka, with Sener completely out of control, went up 3-1 at speed. However, the blue finds the strength to fight back and scores the last 5 matches (last part of 16 points vs 2) winning a very important but definitely not great match.


With two players in the quarter-finals, Italy is the country with the most attendance at the US Open on a par with Russia (Khachanov and Rublev). It is followed by Norway (Rud), Australia (Kyrios), the United States (Tiavo), and a nation between Spain (Alcaraz) and Croatia (Celic). Now in the quarter-finals, Matteo Berrettini will face Casper Ruud and Sinner, the winner between Alcaraz and Cilic. With Nadal defeated, the race for world number one will be a matter of very few points. Nadal remains almost number one, but he will lose the puck if one of the Alcaraz or Rudd makes it to the final. If both reach the final, the winner of the tournament will be the new No. 1 in the world.


Thus Berrettini and Sinner are the first Italian couple to win a Grand Slam quarter-slam twice together. It happened in the past to Marcello Del Bello and Gianni Cocelli at Roland Garros 1948, and was respectively surpassed by Budge Bate and Frank Parker. At Roland Garros in 1956 came Pepe Merlot (who reached the semi-finals) and Nicola Petrangelli (quarter-finals), both of whom were defeated by Australian legend Leo Haad. At Roland Garros 1960 came the roles of Nicola Petrangeli (Chilean champion Luis Ayala) and Orlando Cirola (eliminated in the semi-finals by Luis Ayala). At Roland Garros 1973 Adriano Panatta reached the semi-finals and Paolo Bertolucci reached the quarter-finals, both bypassing Niki Pilic. Finally this year it really happened at the Australian Open, where Matteo Berrettini lost in the semi-finals to Novak Djokovic and Yannick Sener and was stopped in the quarter-finals by Stefanos Tsitsipas.