Ivan Ljubicic: "Something more is expected from Jannik Sinner in Rome"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 4476
In an interview for the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ivan Ljubicic, former coach of Roger Federer and top 3 in the world rankings, expressed his opinion on the path of the Italians to the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, in Rome.
On Jannik Sinner's journey, interrupted in the round of 16 against Francisco Cerundolo, the Sky commentator preaches calm: "We cannot speak of failure, but it is natural that we all expected a little more, above all from Jannik." On Lorenzo Musetti, on the other hand, beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas, he spoke of a lack of experience, a characteristic that the he also lacks to definitively take flight: "It would be ungenerous to speak of failure, even if it was logical to expect something more from Sinner.
Musetti, on the other hand, lost to a very strong player. Young people often struggle to play at home, among friendly fans. That pressure can be a disadvantage. Over the years, as they mature, gain experience, they will be able to exploit this advantage in their favor.
It requires patience. Italian tennis players have all it takes to do well."
Ljubicic on the comparison between Sinner with Alcaraz and Rune
Then on the uncomfortable comparison between Jannik and the two phenomena, Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune: "The Italian is following his path.
It is different from Spanish. Everyone has his way. Jannik's is longer. Alcaraz and Rune are able to overcome disappointments and defeats more easily. Sinner is very keen to do well, but he must have patience, because he is young and very strong." On Musetti's growth margins instead: "He has enormous potential.
He can play from anywhere on the pitch. He has many solutions. At the beginning it is difficult to be able to draw the right weapon, but when you understand how it works then you are stronger than those who have fewer solutions.
He must be ready to draw from the defeats aspects to improve on. " Finally on the imminent generational turnover, which is investing after years Rafael Nadal, who could probably end his career in 2024, and Novak Djokovic, more vulnerable than usual in these last appearances: "Here we are.
Novak struggled in Rome this year, Rafa didn't come but has difficulty returning, Roger has already said goodbye. Obviously the generational change is just a step away, but for the complete change I would wait a moment longer."