Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner admitted he was in an extremely difficult position as he was glad that he was able to produce a miracoulos comeback in Madrid.
Sinner, seeded at No. 10, was on the verge of losing to Tommy Paul in his Madrid opener but recovered to win 6-7 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-3.
Sinner had a 5-2 lead in the first set but failed to serve out for the opener in the ninth game as Paul stole the first set in a tie-break.
After losing the first set, Sinner was 5-2 down in the second set.
Sinner saved two match points in the ninth game to break back Paul, before saving a third match point in the 12th game to force a tie-break – which he won to send the match into a decider.
In the third set, Sinner broke Paul in the fourth game and held on to his serve the rest of the match to complete a comeback win.
Sinner: I was in a difficult position
“It was a very difficult situation, of course,” Sinner said, per the ATP Tour website. “I was up in the first set 5-2, and then I lost it. He played a very good tie-break. I made a couple of unforced errors at the beginning, and the second set was kind of a rollercoaster also.
“I’m happy to be in the second round here. Obviously it was a tough match, and let’s see how the next match goes.”
Sinner faces next Alex de Minaur, who defeated Pedro Martinez.
Sinner hopes to play much better in the second round.
“Right now I’m thinking more about my level, because I don’t think it was one of my best performances. So I will try to raise it in the next round, but obviously [I’m] happy to be through because it was a very difficult match, a difficult opponent,” Sinner added.
It remains to be seen if Sinner can beat de Minaur and continue his Madrid campaign.