TennisSection previews the 2022 US Open as Jannik Sinner takes on Daniel Altmaier in the first round on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022.
After reaching the Round of 16 at last year’s US Open, JannikSinner will be targeting another deep run at the city that never sleeps this year. That young Italian is a strong favorite to reach the second week where he could meet his good friend Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round. But for starters, he will take on Germany’s Daniel Altmaier on Tuesday. Who will prevail?
Jannik Sinner, as mentioned at the top of the article, reached the fourth round of the US Open last season, and only losing to an in-form Alexander Zverev. Sinner returns to New York with plenty of optimism and belief that he could potentially win his first Grand Slam title. The Italian phenom has made some huge strides at Majors this year, reaching the quarterfinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where in the latter he took Novak Djokovic to his absolute limits. With 17 hard court wins this season, Sinner should fancy his chances of making an imprint this fortnight, starting with a what should be a routine win over Daniel Altmaier on paper.
Daniel Altmaier, for his part, will be making his main draw debut at the US Open. At 23, Altmaier’s progress has been slightly hindered by injuries and inconsistency, but you cannot doubt his talents. He famously rose to prominence by his French Open cameo in 2020. Back then, the German came through qualifying and shocked established tour-level campaigners such as Jan-Lennard Struff and Matteo Berrettini en route to the fourth round. However, his 2022 season has not gone to plan, particularly in the second half of the year. Altmaier arrives in New York on the back of three successive defeats and is clinging on to his top 100 status.
Jannik Sinner and Daniel Altmaier have not played each other on the ATP Tour. Tuesday’s match at the US Open will be their first official meeting. Sinner is two years Altmaier’s junior, but he is undoubtedly a class above the German. The Italian’s ball striking is soothing to the eye. He generates same levels of pace from both wings which make him so difficult to read. This match rests firmly on Sinner’s racket.
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