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Altmaier KOs Sinner, Sarasota Open Champ Shocks Again At Grand Slam

There must be something in the air in Sarasota, Florida. For the second year in a row, the Sarasota Open ATP Challenger champion has pulled off a major upset at a Grand Slam.

Last year’s champion Daniel Elahi Galan defeated world no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open in the first round 60 61 36 75.

And today, the 2023 Sarasota Open champion Daniel Altmaier downed no. 8 seed Jannik Sinner in five sets 67 76 16 76 75. The match was five hours and 26 minutes long. Altmaier, who saved two match points in the fourth set, is ranked 79.

At the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open in April, the 24 year old Altmaier, coached by Alberto Mancini, defeated Martin Damm in three sets in the first round 67 63 75 and then Zizou Bergs 75 64, Gabriel Diallo 52 ret., Enzo Couacaud 62 62 and Daniel Elahi Galan inthe final 76 61.

In the third round Altmaier will face Grigor Dimitrov, who he played once before at Indian Wells 2021, a 64 62 defeat.

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  • Cory · June 1, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    Almaier is no joke on clay. His grunting intimidating. Dimitrov can lose to anybody – but looking great at this slam. Is it Dimitrov’s day, finally? I’d be all over Altmaier here as the dog… Dimitrov so talented but soft.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 2, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Cory, Altmaier is the fiercest competitor in the ATP – one player told me that in a Biofile a couple of years ago, forget who (maybe Giron), and that’s the first time I heard of him as a standout player. Saw him play a few times and his burning desire and self belief to get to the top are extraordinary, he’s one of those guys who will get there, nothing will stop him. The confidence is there now. I was surprised when somebody credited him as the fiercest competitor, that’s a huge praise and it stuck in my memory.



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