An 18-year-old Jannik Sinner is off to a great start on the Australian Open debut, beating Max Purcell 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 19 minutes. Like many other players, Jannik needed two days to complete the first-round encounter, having to play a couple of games on Tuesday after the rain plagued the action on Monday.
The Italian prevailed in a tight opening set and scored five breaks in total to control the pace in sets two and three and race into the second round where he plays against Marton Fucsovics who ousted Denis Shapovalov. Jannik had the opportunity to train with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal here in Melbourne, gathering experience and learning from two legends.
"It is a very nice experience for me, playing for the first time at the Australian Open and the second at Majors overall in the main draws. I played well in the first round and hopefully, I can keep going. I can learn a lot from practicing with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Roger is always relaxed, hitting the ball so flat; on the other hand, Rafa is very intense on the practice court, we hit many balls as well. It was the first time I practiced with Nadal and the third with Federer; I hope to share the court with them again soon.
Our goal is to play around 65-70 matches in 2020 and to improve things continuously. The ranking is not that important at the moment, I have a great team around me and we are focused on improvements. Being a skier helped me to have a better balance and the rhythm on the ball; those are two main things I have managed to add to my tennis from the other sport."