Italy's Jannik Sinner wasn't talented just for tennis as he was also believed to have a promising skiing future. However, Sinner eventually decided to focus on tennis and that's when his ski career was over. It's hard to say that Sinner has made a bad choice since he is now one of the best players on the Tour.
Sinner, 20, already has six ATP titles in his collection and he is ranked at No. 10 in the world. "I picked tennis because I like playing. Skiing is just go one and a half minutes down the hill. If you make one mistake, the whole thing is over.
In tennis you can still make some mistakes but still win. This is why I chose tennis," Sinner explained, per Mario Boccardi.
Sinner making a progress in Indian Wells
Sinner survived a scare on Monday as he avoided a shock loss to world No.
62 Benjamin Bonzi. Sinner, seeded at No. 10, needed three sets to overcome Bonzi 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4 and advance to the Indian Wells round-of-16. Sinner claimed the first break of the match in the third game but got broken back immediately in the following game.
Sinner was on the verge of losing the first set but he saved two consecutive set points in the 10th game to eventually force a tie-break, in which he came up big in key moments to win a tight opener. After blowing two set points in the first set, Bonzi started the second set with a break.
Bonzi saved three break points in the eighth game of the second sett o take a 5-3 lead, before earning his second break of the match in the following game to force a decider. However, Sinner responded well to losing the second set as he broke Bonzi in the third and seventh games to take a comfortable 5-2 lead in the third set.
Sinner failed to serve out for the match in the eighth game but closed out the match in the 10th game. Sinner plays next Nick Kyrgios.