Sinner Sails Through In Washington Debut
The 19-year-old Italian shook off an opening-round defeat last week at the Truist Atlanta Open (l. to O’Connell), and bounced back by winning the doubles title with Reilly Opelka. The extra hard-court matches paid off in Washington, D.C., where he fired winners off both wings including three aces en route to victory in an hour and 18 minutes.
“It was not easy. We’ve had some great battles already, this time was the third [time I faced him],” Sinner said in an on-court interview. “He’s a very, very good player and a young guy. I’m happy about my performance today.
“I was trying to play my game. I think we both have similar styles, we both play quite flat. I was trying to change direction [of the ball] earlier than him, and that worked well for me today.”
Sinner did not face a break point against Ruusuvuori, who reached the semi-finals last week in Atlanta. The Italian was strong behind his first serve, winning 85 per cent (17/20) of those points. Sinner improved to 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head against Ruusuvuori, and 2-1 overall.
Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov also suffered an upset on Wednesday as Ilya Ivashka scored a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory to reach the third round. Dimitrov was contesting his first match since Wimbledon, and the rust showed in his 40 unforced errors to 24 winners as Ivashka broke serve three times from nine opportunities. The Belarusian awaits the winner of 13th seed Benoit Paire and Mackenzie McDonald.