Former ATP ace praises Roger Federer's fair play

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Former ATP ace praises Roger Federer's fair play

Italian Jannik Sinner earned his 100th tour-level win on Wednesday at the Mutua Madrid Open, defeating Australian Alex De Minaur 6-4, 6-1 to reach the third round at the Spanish ATP Masters 1000. The 20-year-old earned his first tour-level victory in April 2019, defeating Mate Valkusz in Budapest.

Since then, he has captured the 2019 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals crown, won five ATP Tour titles and cracked the Top 10. “I went my own way. I remember the first win and now I'm here with 100 wins. I expect more because I am working for it and I love playing tennis,” Sinner told

"Every game you win is a great moment. When you win a tournament, it's very special. The first tournament I won in Sofia was very special. Also the Next Gen ATP Finals, and in Washington it was special to win an ATP 500. There are also specific matches that are very special and I can be proud of myself.

But I will work harder every day”. The 10th seed now leads his rivalry with De Minaur 4-0 in the ATP Head2Head series between the two. Also, he has improved his record to 20-5 on the season. Next up, he will play Rotterdam champion Felix Auger-aliassime, who is coming off a 6-3, 6-0 win over Chile's Cristian Garin.

The other Italian who is still in the tournament, Lorenzo Musetti, challenges the German Alexander Zverev, n.3 in the ranking and two seeded, reigning champion and also winner of the 2018 edition. Between the Tuscan Next Gen and the 25-year-old Hamburger, there is no precedent.

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Fabrice Santoro, who is now a consultant for beIN Sports and Prime Video, told French daily La Telegramme that Roger Federer was the opponent he admired the most during his long career.

"Roger Federer! For his elegance, his fair play, his way of making tennis easy when you watch it when it is not at all. He gives an impression of ease which is quite disconcerting." Santoro, who is now 49 years old, stated that Federer was a player who loved every aspect of the game.

"He's someone who loves everything about tennis, whether it's training, matches, pressure, or travelling. He's inhabited by the profession." The 40-year-old laid to rest speculations over his retirement by confirming his participation in his home tournament, where he is a 10-time champion.

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