Sinner greets Roma with a bit of bitterness in his mouth. Especially not being able to play his cards to the end ("Maybe he was losing anyway, but..." ) against the "Greek god" of tennis. In fact, the South Zip's physical decline after the first set was all too apparent.
“It happened in the last point of the tie-break -said Jannik in a press conference-: in a straight recovery the hip turned and I felt a blow there. The treatment with the physiotherapist didn't help and in the second set I couldn't express myself to the fullest.
Too bad, because he had played a correct first set…. Now we'll see what the exams will say." Anyway, the balance of the tournament was very good: "What's positive for me? A first set in which I did a lot of good things, following the correct tactics.
In the tie-break he played the point very well in 5 all but my second serve was not too incisive. During the set I had more chances but he saved a lot with the serve. After all, I scored two more points than him despite getting off to a bad start, down 3-0.
Compared to the match played against Stefanos in Australia it was much better. Without the physical problem, I felt like he would have been able to play all the way, so maybe he would lose anyway. In any case, you can't talk to the ifs."
The narrow loss in Monte Carlo against Zverev and today's loss against Tsitsipas show an obvious increase in the level of play for the South Tyrolean: “I have to improve physically, it's not new, and we're working hard on it -added Sinner-.
Interestingly, Alex Corretja has a positive head-to-head record against both Roger Federer (3-2) and Rafael Nadal (2-0).
Alex Corretja speaks about Federer
Alex Corretja recently gave his thoughts on the GOAT debate, asserting that Roger Federer should not be left out of the discussion simply because of his poor head-to-head record against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"When people say Roger Federer has lost against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal more times and that's why he can't be the best in history, it's absurd to me," Corretja said. "Because of their [contrasting] style of play, Nadal is obviously going to do a lot of damage to him.
The only tactical mole that hurts him is the backhand high ball and the best shot in history is Rafa's high cross forehand to the opponent's backhand," Corretja said. "The best of one is combined with the only weak point of the other.
And the fact that Djokovic beat him is also normal - because he neutralizes his serve like nobody else, because he plays very long, because he doesn't let him take his forehand as he likes," Corretja said. "It's normal that he beat him many times. What I mean is that they are styles of play, nothing more."