Jannik Sinner shows respect for Gael Monfils ahead of Sofia final



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Jannik Sinner shows respect for Gael Monfils ahead of Sofia final

World No. 14 Jannik Sinner revealed his main goal was to stay focused against Filip Krajinovic. Sinner, seeded at No. 1, saw off Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-3 7-5 to come a win away from defending his Sofia title. ”I just tried to stay positive with my mindset,” Sinner said, per the ATP website.

“I played a good first set and when he broke me I tried to stay there. The second set I was trying to stay positive as I felt the ball better than the other days and I think the level today was higher. It gives me a little bit of confidence ahead of the final”.

Sinner praises Gael Monfils ahead of the Sofia final Sinner will be battling Monfils for the Sofia title. "We [Monfils and I] always have tough matches,” Sinner added. “It is the fourth time we will play.

We had a tough one at the US Open in the fifth. He is a great player, everyone knows that. He is moving really well, which helps a lot. It is not going to be easy, but I can be happy to be in the final and I will enjoy it”.

Monfils sent a warning to Sinner

Monfils beat Marcos Giron 7-5 6-0 to set up a Sinner final. “It was a great match,” Monfils said in his on-court interview. “At the beginning, Marcos was playing very solid.

I could not find the exit door and at the end I found it. I am very happy as I was very solid. It was a very physical match with lots of long rallies. I am very happy to get through”. Monfils struggled a bit at the beginning but ended the match on an eight-game winning run.

“I felt in his rhythm he was crushing the ball, so I wanted to change the speed a little and come to the net a little bit and step in," Monfils added. "Just mix it up a little bit and I think that was key for me”.