'I showed him a lot of matches of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic', says top coach

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'I showed him a lot of matches of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic', says top coach

Those who had predicted a future as a top player, can now claim the goodness of their predictions and enjoy the tennis prowess of Jannik Sinner. Born in 2001, winner of the first ATP title (Saturday in Sofia) at 19 years, 2 months and 29 days, he has already taken some satisfactions.

The parents of this South Tyrolean boy started him skiing when he was just four years old, but then tennis prevailed. Little or nothing has changed for her people who continue to live there and run a shelter. Hans Peter and Siglinde Sinner are calm, according to him: “No, they are calm: they know that first of all, even tennis, they come and my brother Mark, who is three years older than me.

With him we tell each other everything. Unfortunately we meet very little. That's why it would be important to be able to review my parents before leaving for Australia, but South Tyrol is a red zone." Jannik Sinner's coach Riccardo Piatti uses the matches of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to motivate him, but in a unique way.

Sinner won the Sofia Open last week, but his coach believes there is still a long way to go for the 19-year-old.

Sinner won the Sofia Open last week

The aim of this approach is to ensure that the teenager understands how every player goes through periods where they don't play as per their usual standards.

"There is a lot of work behind it. His team and I try to simplify the situations he can find in the match as much as possible," Riccardo Piatti said. "I showed Jannik a lot of matches of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but only the parts where they play badly.

You have to realize that it will happen to him too and learn how to get out of those situations." One of the most impressive parts of Jannik Sinner's game is his versatility, but Piatti explained how that can become work against him at times.

"Sometimes it can become counterproductive, I always tell him that he must choose simple solutions instead of difficult ones," Piatti said. "Jannik is a single-minded boy, he likes tennis, he wants to know a lot about tennis.

There are people who take care of everything else," Piatti said. "I don't see why I should (remind him of those who have not fulfilled their expectations). The best education is not to fear, but to show the way.

Because there is still a long way to go," he added. In his short career so far, Jannik Sinner has played just once against Rafael Nadal, and never against Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic. “Jannik Sinner is a talented youngster,” Rafael Nadal had said after his win in Paris.

“He plays with a lot of power, delivering great shots. It was a challenging battle for two sets, especially in the closing stages of the first, when I got lucky to pull that break back at 5-6. The conditions were a bit difficult because he was hitting every ball very hard. It wasn’t easy to move Jannik away from the comfort zone," Rafael Nadal had added.