Rod Laver crowns Jannik Sinner: "He is young and very complete"

The legendary former Australian tennis player praised the great work done by Sinner in Melbourne

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rod Laver crowns Jannik Sinner: "He is young and very complete"
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Rod Laver, Australian champion capable of completing the Grand Slam twice - in 1962 and 1969 - crowned Jannik Sinner, after seeing his sensational performance in the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev.

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In an interview given to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Laver had words of great praise for the winner of Melbourne.

"Sinner has grown a lot in the last year and I am sure that thanks to his complete game and his young age he will be able to aim for many great goals. He has great strength, technique, precision. He continues according to his plans without haste and this will allow him to stay at high levels in the ranking for a long time. For being so young he already has a very complete playing baggage and will only improve given his great desire to grow," he told.

Laver to Sinner: "This victory is part of the growth path"

A fundamental step for Rod Laver was Jannik Sinner's victory in the semifinals over Novak Djokovic.

"This victory is part of the growth path. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. And I think that by once again overcoming Nole Djokovic who hadn't lost for many years here in Australia, Sinner began to believe more and more in his potential This gave him a decisive push for the final too," explained Laver.

Laver then focused on the golden moment that Italian tennis is experiencing.

"The moment is not only good but it is exciting. I am sure that other champions will also arrive in the wake of this success of Sinner. Italian players have always shown a unique passion and great style in tennis. For example, Matteo Berrettini, Wimbledon finalist in 2021, is sorely missed on the Tour. I hope that he recovers soon and that he can return to being a protagonist," he analyzed.

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