Jannik Sinner beats footballers in Italy

Anyone expected that Jannik Sinner would improve so much in recent months

by Simone Brugnoli
Jannik Sinner beats footballers in Italy
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Anyone expected that Jannik Sinner would improve so much in recent months. The Italian has always been a great promise of the ATP tour, but the physical problems and some technical defects had prevented him from exploding completely until the second part of last year.

Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini
Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

The last nine months of Jannik have been impressive, as attested by the numbers and results obtained. After winning his first Masters 1000 in Toronto last summer, Sinner won his first Slam earlier this year. His ride at the 2024 Australian Open was exceptional, making the whole world understand that the Italian could become a valid alternative to the Spanish champion Carlos Alcaraz.

In 2024 Sinner also won Rotterdam, the Masters 1000 in Miami and Halle, proving to be well on grass. These results allowed him to climb the ATP ranking and become the World number 1 for the first time in his young career.

Despite a complicated draw, Jannik reached the quarterfinals at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships and will face Daniil Medvedev today for a place in the semifinals. Sinner reached the quarterfinals at Church Road for the third year in a row, testifying to a continuity that has no equal in touring at this time.

Jannik Sinner seems unstoppable

Sinner can’t wait to play against the Russian, beaten this year in the final of the Australian Open. "It’s great to have won three sets and be in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. I can’t wait to face Daniil Medvedev. Every game is a story in its own right. In the final of the Australian Open it is as if we had played two different games. I know it will be difficult to beat Daniil, it is a great challenge, but I work and I prepare every day to face this kind of match and be in this position," the Australian Open champion told the media.

"The serve is working well for me and - on this surface - it’s the most important shot. I have to say I’m also responding very well. What makes me most proud is to see that I am able to give my best in the important moments of every game. I make the right decisions, and even though I may miss a few hits, I have the courage to be aggressive. This is crucial for me," concluded Jannik Sinner.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Medvedev - who had dominated the first part of his rivalry with Sinner - was defeated by the Italian on the last five occasions. Their last match was played in Miami, with Jannik prevailing very clearly in the semifinal.

Italy is crazy for Sinner

The rise of Jannik Sinner has also contributed to the spread of tennis in Italy. A lot of people watch tennis to admire the deeds of the world’s number 1, which has created a really positive atmosphere in his country. In the last 90 days, Sinner has been the most sought after athlete by Italians on the web with 18 million page views ahead of Charles Leclerc, Carlos Alcaraz, Pogacar, Tamberi, Berrettini, Donnarumma and Jacobs.

Medvedev will need a feat to beat Sinner on London grass, adopting some tactical solution that may surprise the World current number 1. "I need to play my best tennis. He got me like the last 5 times I think. If I’m not mistaken, 4 of them were really tough. The last one he kinda won easy," Medvedev said During the press conference. "So I’m gonna try to play my best tennis. It’s the first time we meet on grass. It’ll be an interesting battle. I’ll go there and give my 100%."

Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner
Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner © Getty Images Sport - Graham Denholm

During a recent interview with OASport, tennis expert Massimiliano Ambesi analyzed Sinner’s chances of winning Wimbledon: "I expected Jannik to beat Shelton quite easily because the American is still very discontinuous and immature. Fatigue may have affected, but I think Ben is still far from Sinner’s level. For me Jannik feels better than at the Australian Open and his level rises with the passing of the rounds. It seems to me rapid in thought and execution, it is at the peak of its performance. He hasn’t lost a match since he became world number 1, he has a 9-0 record."

According to bookmakers, Jannik Sinner is the main favorite to lift the trophy on Sunday at Church Road. The Italian tends to exalt himself in Grand Slams and only Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic seem to be able to beat him in a match at the best of the five sets. If he does not have any physical problems these days, the Italian could really win the second Major of his young career and confirm that he is the best player in the world.

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