Sinner wins to set up match vs. Nadal

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ROME (AP) Seven months ago, Jannik Sinner twice had chances to accomplish something few tennis players have been capable of: taking a set from Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

The Italian teenager served for the first set at 6-5 in the Roland Garros quarterfinals and was up a break early in the second. He squandered both opportunities and was eliminated in straight sets.

But Sinner, who is still 19, learned a lot on that cool October night and has since surged up the rankings and into the top 20. Sinner cruised through his first-round match at the Italian Open on Monday, beating Ugo Humbert 6-2, 6-4, to set up a rematch with Nadal.

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2021 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,463
2 D. Medvedev 9,780
3 R. Nadal 9,630
4 D. Thiem 8,365
5 S. Tsitsipas 7,610
6 A. Zverev 6,945
7 A. Rublev 6,000
8 R. Federer 5,785
9 M. Berrettini 4,048
10 D. Schwartzman 3,765
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2021 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 10,090
2 N. Osaka 7,650
3 S. Halep 6,520
4 A. Sabalenka 6,195
5 S. Kenin 5,905
6 E. Svitolina 5,835
7 B. Andreescu 5,265
8 S. Williams 4,850
9 K. Pliskova 4,660
10 P. Kvitova 4,160
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