Former Wimbledon junior winner:'People expected me to be like Rafael Nadal'

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Former Wimbledon junior winner:'People expected me to be like Rafael Nadal'

Gianluigi Quinzi is set to make his first appearance in Melbourne since 2013, which was a special year for him not only for playing well there but also at Wimbledon where he won the junior title. 'I remember I lost to Kokkinakis 8-6 in the third after leading a break.

If I am not wrong I even served for the match. It was a very good match', he said on Melbourne. Commenting on how the Wimbledon win influenced his career, Quinzi said there were too many expectations on him: 'The last Italian to have won (Wimbledon) was Diego Nargiso.

Everybody expected me to crack top 50 rankings within the end of the year. People thought that from one moment to the other I would have been like Nadal and I would have competed with Federer and Djokovic. I was always in the spotlight: every day a lot of calls, cameras, questions, pressure.

On the grounds of Recanati Challenger, there were 3,500 people just to watch me. But I had just won a junior tournament which was important but always a sub-18.' At the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan Quinzi competed with Hyeon Chung, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov.

'And with Edmund and Kyrgios I am leading the head to head meetings', he said referring to the junior level. He hired a new coach, Fabio Gorietti. 'The curriculum speaks for itself. We have a great relationship, Fabio made me calm.'

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