Darren Cahill reveals the match that changed Jannik Sinner's 2023

The coach of the young Italian underlined the importance of the match in Rotterdam, which would have changed the season of the ATP No.4

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Darren Cahill reveals the match that changed Jannik Sinner's 2023
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Darren Cahill, Jannik Sinner's coach, speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera about his player's season, said what, in his opinion, was the match that made the tennis player make the leap in quality. ATP No .4.

And it's not the Toronto final against De Minaur. For Cahill this match came much earlier, precisely in February in Rotterdam. "From my point of view, he explains, the match that marked a turning point in 2023 was the victory over Tsitsipas in the second round in Rotterdam.

He had lost two years in a row at the Australian Open and also in Rome in 2022. There Jannik learned to be a more intelligent tennis player, from that moment the season took off: semi-final in Indian Wells, final in Miami," he told.

Obviously the Toronto Master 1000 win is also in Cahill's thoughts: "The mental break then came in Toronto, where he didn't defeat top players but was able to become the favorite along the way, absorbing increasing pressure."

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Cahill on Jannik Sinner's 2023

Then Cahill also talks about Jannik's dazzling season finale: "In Beijing with Medvedev, never beaten before, he took another step forward: he left the comfort zone, let's not forget that he had lost there 6 times in a row.

That was his masterpiece, more than Djokovic in Turin and Malaga. With Medvedev it's a chess game, you have to become water and adapt to the Russian. Without that awareness, the successes of the world number one would not have come." Cahill also talked about giving up the Bologna phase of the Davis Cup. "That was a thoughtful decision, to bring Jannik to his peak in Vienna, Turin and Malaga.

We will make similar choices again, in his interest: he is 22 years old, we don't want to break him. My role as the most experienced member of the team is precisely to advise him to the best." We remember Sinner was elected Fans' Favorite Player at the ATP Awards.

This is the award for the player most loved by tennis fans who vote en masse every year on the official website of the Association of Tennis Professionals. The South Tyrolean is the first Italian to receive this recognition and succeeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the roll of honor.

The Swiss won this award from 2003 to 2021, while the Spaniard had to wait for his rival to retire to triumph. Sinner has managed to earn the respect and affection of many fans thanks to his simplicity and humility.

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