Jannik Sinner Identifies What Match Versus Novak Djokovic Showed Him

Jannik Sinner identifies which match against Novak Djokovic showed him

Jannik Sinner, 21, admits that he will need to up his mental game even more if he is to achieve his main tennis goals. Sinner, ranked 15th in the world, several times came close to reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal this year, as he was defeated three times in the quarterfinals of a Major.

At Wimbledon, Sinner was winning two sets against Novak Djokovic and was playing very well, but then Djokovic came from behind to win in five sets. Two months later at the US Open, Sinner missed out on a semifinal spot after failing to earn match point against Carlos Alcaraz.

«You have to understand what is good for you and what is not good for you. And you only understand that by playing as many matches as possible against strong players in these kinds of tournaments. For example, what Nole did against me at Wimbledon: He was able to do something that I still don’t know how to do, how strange.

Which is not just raising the level of tennis, but it’s a mental thing. I was too slow to understand at the time how he played, that was the difference,» Sinner told Eurosport Italia.

Sinner on missing the Davis Cup Finals

In Malaga, Italy will have to do it without Sinner.

Sinner, who is dealing with a finger injury, was adamant that he really wanted to play, but the injury put a damper on his plans. «The first thing I spoke to was my team, to see what was best for us. Then I called Filippo (Volandri) because it was right for him to know first.»

Then I sent a message in the chat where we are all. What I can say is that Italy has a lot of strong players. We can compete with everyone. Unfortunately, I can’t go to Malaga. I couldn’t wait to play in the Davis Cup. This choice hurt me, but I couldn’t do anything else because it’s a health issue.

However, Italy must believe in it, we have an excellent team and hopefully we can beat the United States,» Sinner explained.

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