Sinner chases away the 'clay-fears': "I can still grow and reach the maximum"

The young Italian qualified for the 4th round of the Monte Cralo Rolex Masters, analyzing his areas for improvement at the press conference

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Sinner chases away the 'clay-fears': "I can still grow and reach the maximum"
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If last year Jannik Sinner struggled on clay-courts, the start of the red-season on this surface this year was completely different for the young Italian, who literally destroyed Sebatian Korda to qualify for the 4th round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

Sinner has sent a clear message to his opponents: this year, o clay-courts, you will have to deal with me too.

At the press conference after the victory, the young Italian analyzed his performance, complimenting Korda and explaining what the key to the victory was.

"I'm very happy to be back on the court. I think Sebi and I have two very similar styles of play in a certain sense. Today it was very important to try to make the ball move more.

It was not necessary to play high shots but to vary. So I consider it an excellent victory, because it was a difficult match. The match was different than what the score says," he told.

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

"I'm happy and I hope I can improve in the next few days to feel even more comfortable on clay. We'll see how things go. Was it easier to adapt to the surface? I'm not saying easier, but I've grown physically and this helps me I feel more confident and stronger in this respect," explained Jannik.

"I never have any problems with which court I play. When I was 14 and up until I was 18 I played a lot on clay. My tennis works better on hard courts, we know that, but I can play well on clay. I need to understand better how to use certain things well. shots.

As I was saying, physically I have grown, and this helps a lot on clay. I got to the point where I wanted to be faster. I know how much work we have done to be at this point, and that we need to improve some things. I can still grow, I do 23 years old this year, I'm certainly not at my best," he added.

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

Sinner starts his clay-swing in the best possible way

After the long American trip, where Jannik won the Miami Ope, the Italian took the field at the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo showing great aptitude in the surface switch.

However, it took Sinner about 15 minutes, the time to win a very long initial serve, to become familiar with the conditions present in the Monte Carlo Country Club and sweep an always treacherous tennis player like Korda off the court.

The Italian now needs two victories to confirm the second position in the ATP world ranking, but the objective remains to build the best possible psycho-physical shape, in view of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at the Roland Garros and, with an eye further away, on the London lawns of Wimbledon.

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