Jannik Sinner, the 15th seed, has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year. For the first time in his career, Jannik overcame a two sets to love deficit to defeat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in three hours and 33 minutes.
In an hour and 34 minutes, the Hungarian built a two-sets-to-love advantage and was well-positioned to defeat the Italian for the second time in Melbourne. Nevertheless, Jannik kicked it up a notch and won sets three, four, and five to win and pull off a spectacular escape.
With his opening serve in the third set, Sinner gained control and it was the deciding factor. Together, they made more than 100 errors, but Jannik controlled his swings well after falling behind early. The young gun outscored his opponent by 29 points and stopped seven out of twelve break points.
He broke Fucsovics ten times out of fourteen chances and won 12 straight games after falling behind 2-0 in the fourth set to come out on top and make the final sixteen shots.
Jannik Sinner has advanced to the Australian Open’s round of 16.
At 2-2, Marton won another return game thanks to a strong defense and a sloppy forehand from Jannik after they had traded breaks at the start of the match.
In games 6, 8, and 10, the Hungarian controlled the situation behind the opening shot and won the set with a service winner at 5-4 after 52 minutes. In the second set, Marton took a 3-1 lead until Jannik fought back in game six to tie the match at 3-3.
In the ninth game, the Italian lost focus once more and suffered a break as his forehand fell long. To finish the set 6-4 and get closer to the finish line, Marton held at 15 in game 10 after the opponent’s volley error at the net.
In the third set, Sinner re-established himself, imposing his strokes and quickly breaking twice for 5-0. After two hours and two minutes, the Italian saved three set points to cut the lead to one set, after saving four at 5-1.
Marton broke to start the fourth set, but that was all we would see of him for the remainder of the match! Following Fucsovics’ awful volley in game eight, Jannik broke three times in a row and played solid serve to win the set 6-2.
In the decisive game, the Hungarian was unable to keep up with the Italian’s pace, taking only nine points. Sinner won all six games for his second victory in Melbourne this year and third at Majors. Jannik managed to hold at 15 at 5-0 to win and go to the second week.