Mats Wilander shares a bold prediction on Jannik Sinner's dominion

The Swedish former coach analyzed the adaptability of the young Italian on tennis surfaces

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Mats Wilander shares a bold prediction on Jannik Sinner's dominion
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Who will be the great protagonists of clay swing? Will Jannik Sinner be able to show his incredible improvements on this surface too (badly upset in the past by the young Italian)?

Mats Wilander, in a recent interview on Eurosport, said Sinner will be able to play his chances also in the clay season.

"He has improved a lot in the last year, but above all I underline how much he has improved tactically in the last three months, to the point that it seems that he no longer takes risks on the court.

He plays very fast, he always looks for the winning shot, but it is a philosophy that he has created within himself. Now I believe that any surface can be the best for him," said Wilander, who then added:

"We are looking at an incredible improvement, an improvement that I don't think I've ever seen in a young player since the Big 3 days, when Novak Djokovic went from being a normal player to understanding: I'm better than these guys, but I have to shoot out the best game I have inside. This is the evolution that Jannik Sinner has experienced."

Wilander then expressed his opinion regarding Jannik's chances of arriving as favorite at the Roland Garros.

"In the last three months there is no doubt who has been the dominant player, but honestly I don't think Jannik will arrive at the Roland Garros as the big favourite, unless he suddenly puts together three or four great weeks on clay in the tournaments leading up to it," he told.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport

Wilander then revealed who will be the player to beat in Paris.

"At the moment I think that Carlos Alcaraz will enter the Roland Garros as a big favorite for many more years than Jannik Sinner. But this does not mean that Sinner will not win the tournament as often as Alcaraz, because such a balanced player like him becomes even more dangerous in matches of five sets.

The most important factor will be confidence, although this factor is sometimes misunderstood: confidence does not mean hitting the ball well, but feeling confident in all situations," he analyzed.

Who will be the rivals of Sinner on clay-courts?

Novak Djokovic has already shown that he can beat anyone on clay (winning the Roland Garros three times in Rafael Nadal's dominant era is a sensational milestone. Carlos Alcaraz has also shown in the last two years that he is very competitive on this surface. Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune (with Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas) are the other tennis players at ease on clay courts.

Jannik Sinner has the opportunity to arrive at Roland Garros with the chance to dethrone Djokovic. But Jannik, devastating on hard-courts, always had a bad stomach on hard-courts until last year.

The young Italian won only one trophy on the clay of Umag in 2022, but this could be the right year to show his incredible improvements on this surface too.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© @janniksin X account

A few days ago, at the media day in Monte Carlo (and therefore before his withdrawal-ed.) Alcaraz had spoken about his relationship with Sinner.

"I only played against Jannik once on clay and he beat me, so I don't know what to expect. He is an incredible player on all surfaces, grass, hard or clay.

He adapts his tennis very, very well. Every time we play each other, regardless of the surface, we play great tennis, a great match, so I don't know if clay benefits me or not. It's something that doesn't matter, I can't wait to play against him," he told.

 Meanwhile, Sinner qualified for the 4th round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters by beating Sebastian Korda in straight sets, with the final score 6-1 6-2. A match that was never in question, dominated by the young Italian, the score of a match that in fact was never in question.

In the first game of the match, Sinner immediately forced Korda's serve, who committed a double fault on the break point in favor of the Italian. Sinner then confirmed the advantage in a very long second game in which he also canceled three balls of the 1-1.

Sinner flew 4-1 with two breaks and then closed 6-1, in 38 minutes. Korda was able to do little in the face of the Italian player's accelerations. Same fate in the second set. Sinner in control missed the break in the second game but achieved it in the fourth game.

To then close the set 6-2 with another break. Jannik Sinner's opponent in the round of 16 will be the German Jan-Lennard Struff who yesterday beat Borna Coric 7-6 6-1.

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