Sinner sweeps Struff and shares a surprising revelation on the Big 3

The Italian reached the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Sinner sweeps Struff and shares a surprising revelation on the Big 3
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"I'm happy with all this support, Italian tennis is growing and the tennis players are improving in performance, we are close to Italy and I'm happy with all this support."

Jannik Sinner qualified for the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, beating the German Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets. The young Italian only had some small problems in the first set, before becoming unplayable and beating his rival with the final score of 6-4 6-2.

Jannik was the protagonist of a very easy match overall, against an opponent who can always be treacherous, even on clay courts.

"In matches like these, the service shifts are very important, he countered me straight away, it was a different match compared to the first round, at the beginning I felt so-so on the court but I'm happy to play tomorrow too. I responded enough good on his second, it wasn't easy and then obviously every match has its own story. In any case I'm satisfied with the challenge and I can't wait to play tomorrow too," he explained.

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

Sinner's 2024 is sensational so far. Suffice it to consider that in the first four months of the season he has so far achieved 24 victories and only 1 defeat.

Sinner also talked about countryman Lorenzo Sonego, revealing how he supports his friend.

Sinner will challenge the Danish Holger Rune in the quarter-finals, protagonist of a dramatic match (and spread over two days due to rain) against Grigor Dimitrov.

Sinner on Rune and on the players of the past

Regarding the match against Rune, the Italian said at the press conference: "I think I have learned, I think many things have changed since that match against Rune and in general I try to learn from every challenge.

It will be a very interesting match, then I'll just try to stay focused on my performance and then we'll see what happens. It will be a physical and very tough challenge, I know I have to raise my level and be a little more aggressive, I'm excited for this challenge and the atmosphere today was fantastic."

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

The journalist then asked Jannik if he followed or followed tennis players of the past.

"I am very honest and before choosing tennis I didn't follow it. I watched it sporadically but the first match I saw took place at the Challenger in Ortisei and Andreas Seppi was playing.

Then when I was 14 I started always watching tennis, but I didn't watch matches of the past, I preferred to watch challenges like those with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to challenge some of them, I'm thinking of Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga," he told.

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