'I admire Rafael Nadal a lot, it was incredible to practice with him,' says Sinner

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'I admire Rafael Nadal a lot, it was incredible to practice with him,' says Sinner

Ranked around the 550th position on the ATP list, Jannik Sinner made fantastic progress and cracked the top-35, standing as the youngest to beat at the moment. Jannik has already won two ATP titles at 19 and played in the first Major quarter-final in Paris last year, playing on a high level in the opening two sets before losing to Rafael Nadal 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 after almost three hours.

Recognized as the future champion, Jannik had the opportunity to practice with the world's greatest players, including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the last year's Australian Open. At the beginning of the current season, the young Italian spent two weeks in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open, working with Rafael Nadal and learning a lot from his idol, whom he admires a lot.

"I made great progress in the last couple of years, moving from outside the top-500 into the top-50 within two years. I went from Futures to the ATP level without playing juniors because I wanted to compete against the more experienced rivals.

The next three years are essential to me. I have to work hard and take positive notes from every defeat.

Jannik Sinner praised Rafael Nadal and the time spent with him on practice court.

When I reach 200 ATP matches, my experience will be much higher.

As I have said before, it will take two or three years to understand things better on and off the court. I want to be relaxed because my goal is to play until I'm 38. Everyone hopes that I can win a Major soon, but I'm not worried about that.

I'm 19, and I still have a long way to go. Before seeking Major titles, I still have to score some big wins and losses and learn from those. The Australian Open defeat to Shapovalov hurt a lot, but I spoke to my team and saw mistakes we have to fix, so they don't happen again.

That Roland Garros clash with Rafa Nadal was essential for me; I admire Rafa a lot. I trained with him before the Australian Open in Adelaide, and it was incredible to share the court with the 20-time Major winner. It was the best experience of my life, and I will never forget it," Jannik Sinner said.