Jannik Sinner: Alex de Minaur is a tough opponent so I tried to move him on the court

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Jannik Sinner: Alex de Minaur is a tough opponent so I tried to move him on the court

Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner, 20, spoke about the growth he has made over the last year after making his maiden Australian Open quarterfinal. On Monday, Sinner saw off home favorite Alex de Minaur 7-6 (3) 6-3 6-4 to reach the last-8 in Melbourne.

Sinner plays next world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas. “Last year was a long year for me”. Sinner said in his post-match on-court interview, per the ATP website. “[I played] many tournaments for the first time. I’ve gained a lot of experience in the past few months.

I’ve grown as a player and also as a person. At 20 you can only grow. I’m very happy to be here in the quarter-finals”.

Sinner managed to play his game

De Minaur was pressuring Sinner early on but the Italian saved a break point in the second game and three more break points in the fourth game.

De Minaur paid the price for failing to convert his break points as Sinner dominated the tie-break to win the opener. After winning the first set, Sinner claimed the first break of the match in the second game and served out for a two-set lead in the ninth game.

Sinner then claimed two early breaks to open a comfortable 4-1 third set lead. De Minaur got one break back in the sixth game but Sinner kept his focus and served out for the match in the 10th game. “I think in the beginning I was just serving well,” said Sinner.

“He had more chances than me in the first set, then after I tried to push a little bit more, especially in the tie-break, which maybe made the difference. Then I went into my confidence, and I tried to move him a little bit, but it’s very tough playing against Alex, especially here in Australia. He always plays very, very well”. It remains to be seen if Sinner can reach his maiden Grand Slam semifinal.