Jannik Sinner lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, 6-3 6-2, in the Rome second round. The Italian player still believes this tournament was unforgettable for him as he won his maiden Masters 1000 main draw match beating Steve Johnson on Sunday.
"I think this week for me was pretty emotional, on court, off court, knowing many players. I think I've played especially the first match against Johnson in a pretty good way. Even if I was down in the third set, it was not easy to come back.
Today I think it was very good to know how the top-10 players are. For me, it's very important to know them. I think they're pretty strong, especially with the serve. They're serving very good. But I think I have now a good idea of how I have to play in three years", said Sinner.
Asked what he thinks is the difference between you and a player like Stefano, Sinner replied: "I think, first of all, they are always playing on a high level the full match, which for me is not easy at the moment. It's very important to play ATP tournaments for knowing how the level is.
Then, of course, physically. I think that's the point where I have to work on the most." On how he plans to improve, Sinner concluded: "We are working on making the game, which it was not easy today against Stefanos.
But anyways, I try to push a lot on his backhand, then moving on his forehand, which especially my game is. It's not a new thing. I think we are on the right way. We just have to continue like that." The Italian coach Riccardo Piatti loved seeing Sinner training with Roger Federer in Rome.
Through his official Facebook page Piatti wrote: "The day after winning his maiden Masters 1000 match at 17 years, Jannik was privileged to hit with Roger Federer. Unforgettable moments, that's why you have to take pictures."