Sinner quells Moutet's storm to advance to last eight at French Open

Second seed Jannik Sinner overcome an early flurry of brilliance from the unseeded Frenchman Corentin Moutet on Sunday evening to advance to the quarter-finals at the French Open.

The 22-year-old Italian won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 41 minutes to set up a meeting with the 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Feeding off the energy of an impeccably behaved partisan crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier, Moutet, ranked 79th in the world, dazzled Sinner with drop shots and beguiling slices.

Within 15 minutes – and to the delight of the fans – Moutet had won both of Sinner's serve and was vaunting a 4-0 lead.

He won another and served for the opener after 23 minutes at 5-0 up.

But Sinner stopped the rot to get on the board and held his own service for the first time after 36 psychedelic minutes.

Moutet, who was playing in the fourth round for the first time at the French Open, made no mistake at the second time of asking.

The 6-2 scoreline was the stuff of dreams. The noise and expectation frenetic.


And the fantasy continued when Moutet broke Sinner's serve at the start of the second set.

But without any fist-pumping, racquet-smashing tantrums or testosterone-fuelled bellowing, Sinner started winning.

He broke back to level at 1-1 and held his own service with more authority to lead 2-1.

Sinner, who claimed the Australian Open in January, surged away in the third and underlined the gulf in class in the fourth.

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