Cahill reveals the clutch moment that allowed Sinner to beat Medvedev

The Australian coach analyzed the moment that decided the fate of the Australian Open final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Cahill reveals the clutch moment that allowed Sinner to beat Medvedev
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Darren Cahill, Australian coach of the young Italian Jannik Sinner, was interviewed by the radio program 1116 SEN. The Australian tennis coach analyzed the final played between Jannik against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, explaining what was the decisive moment of the match, in which Sinner changed his destiny. A fate that seemed already sealed after the first two sets.

"Jannik needed energy during the final. Medvedev played excellently in the first two sets, we knew that he had accumulated a lot of tiredness in the tournament due to the many battles he had, not least the one with Zverev in the semi-final, and this could have been a factor.

We were aware that he would be a lot off the court, even up to three meters back, and that he would use his speed to make the opponent hit three or four more shots for a winner," explained Cahill.

"We didn't say much to him throughout the tournament!"

"In the final he did the opposite, standing on the baseline, and he did it very well, which meant Jannik had to find a solution quickly. Jannik found the solution when he got the break at 5-1 down in the second set.

He could no longer recover that set but that game gave him confidence. He represented the key to going back up, he understood what to change and what could be done and it was the injection of confidence that got him into the match. And from there the game started to turn," added the Australian coach.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Daniel Pockett / Stringer Getty Images Sport

Cahill then went into detail about his relationship with Sinner during the matches.

"During a match you don't have much time to talk between points. For example, you can say to get under the ball a little more to increase the depth of the shots in order to get it out of a bad position on the pitch. Or advise him to stay behind on the opponent's second serve, to have a better feeling when hitting. Then if our player is on the opposite side of the pitch you can't start shouting. We actually didn't say much to him throughout the tournament," analyzed Cahill.

Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi are Sinner's coaches. A long experience for the Australian coach who has been on the box of, among others, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Simona Halep. With his contribution of ideas, he raised the Italian tennis player's level of play to the point of winning his first Slam at the Australian Open.

Sinner won the Australian Open by beating Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in 4 sets in the semifinals and winning an epic five-set final against Daniil Medvedev, in a match in which he had lost the first two sets.

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