What’s left of a week never seen before: Jannik regains the Top 10, Sascha dominates and the organization withstood the post-pandemic crash test
The lights of the Pala Alpitour are momentarily turned off, it’s time to think about what leaves us this week full of tennis expectations, disappointments and hopes for the future.
Sinner: top 10 certainties
All seemed lost after the semifinal lost in Vienna against Frances Tiafoe but in Turin, where he entered due to the injury of Matteo Berrettini, Jannik managed to win the match against Hurkacz by regaining 10th place in the world ranking. Of course, he would have preferred to be a protagonist in Turin without having to take the place of his friend and colleague, but the attitude with which he revived the game against Medvedev after remedying a 6-0 in the first set, also relying on the warmth of the audience, marks a another important stage in its maturation. In short, the Top 10 has arrived in the race, but it is certainly not a coincidence.
Zverev, anno da leader
Djokovic wanted to match Federer’s six titles in the Finals, Medvedev wanted to confirm the title of Maestro. In the end, the trophy goes to Sascha Zverev. The German this year has won six titles including two Masters 1000 (Madrid and Cincinnati) and Olympic gold in Tokyo, which seems to have given him an extra dose of confidence. Under the guidance of his brother Mischa, increasingly present in his brother’s garage instead of his father Alexander, the number 3 in the world is finally back to being talked about only for the results. Will 2022 be the year of the Grand Slam?
Djokovic, what do we do?
He surpassed his idol Pete Sampras to finish for the seventh time as the number 1 at the end of the season. Once the Grand Slam was down in the last game, that was the big goal left on the plate. An extraordinary 2021 for Nole, who won the first 3 Grand Slams of the year. We have to understand if the Serbian will want to try again to imitate Rod Laver, the last one to succeed, now 52 years ago. To do so, however, he will need to play in Australia where he would be hunting for the 10th title. At the moment unvaccinated players are not allowed in Melbourne and Nole, questioned about his intentions, said: “Let’s wait and see”.
Caps to fix
Matteo Berrettini has to heal his wounds. Perhaps this time those of the heart are deeper than those of the body, however suffering. “Matteo is destroyed, because he missed the two goals he cared about most: Finals and Davis at home”, said captain Filippo Volandri. Matteo, with a relapse of the abdominal injury, will have to leave Australia with a great goal: a program that allows him to stay healthy to finally enjoy his stage in Turin 2022.
Turin, exam passed
Turin, as the first time in a post-pandemic edition, held up quite well to the impact. Beyond the problems related to the cut in capacity, the arena set up at the Pala Alpitour was liked by the public and players who enjoyed everything, from the city to the excellent and abundant food. Something to improve in the reception of the spectators, but the exam is passed, the experience will help to improve.
November 22, 2021 (change November 22, 2021 | 15:45)
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Sinner’s certainties and Berrettini’s wounds. Turin promoted, like Zverev