Sinner admits: "It's a very physical Roland Garros, I have to accept difficulties"

The Italian analyzed his 3rd round success against Pavel Kotov, revealing how he has to accept the physical difficulties of the Parisian Slam

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Sinner admits: "It's a very physical Roland Garros, I have to accept difficulties"
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"I'm happy to have advanced to the next round, it was a tough match, he's a very good player. We played each other recently and a couple of things have changed. Tennis-wise, I felt good on the court. Physically I have to I still need to improve a couple of aspects. It's important to rest, especially on Saturday. I will prepare myself to be ready for the next round. It's a very physical Slam, I try to accept the difficult moments and always see the positive side."

Jannik Sinner analyzed with his usual honesty the 3rd round of the Roland Garros, a match won in straight sets against Pavel Kotov. Jannik underlined the importance of accepting moments of difficulty in a physical Slam like the French Open - at the press conference after the victory against Kotov - highlighting how even in difficulties we must see the positive side.

Jannik Sinner
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But, rhetoric aside, Jannik seems to have taken the Parisian Slam well, with three convincing victories in the first three rounds, without losing a single set. The hip problem now seems to be a memory, although obviously his real physical status (excellent in the first three rounds of Roland Garros) will have to be tested against more insidious opponents. Meanwhile, in the last 11 Slams played, Sinner has passed the first three rounds of the competition on 10 occasions. Since Novak Djokovic, Jnanik is the youngest tennis player to have reached at least the quarterfinals in all 4 Slams.

At the press conference, a journalist asked him if he ever believed in a future as a professional skier.

"I don't think I would have gone too far in skiing. That's my feeling. He helped me with the balance I have on the pitch, in sliding and foot movements, but above all on a mental level. It's a totally different approach. I always had a certain fear when I fell or jumped a lot. Mentally, on the court, I'm not afraid to make certain shots because nothing can happen," explained Jannik.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Mason / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile, in an interview published on social media by the Sky Sport Tennis Instagram profile, Jannik admitted to using some rituals during his matches.

"Yes I am on the court, it's part of my routine, it has now become a ritual. On the bottom line I step over with my right foot. When I go to serve, in the first serve I get 7 rebounds, in the second 5. It's part of my routine, whether I change it or not, but let's say I find my rhythm to play as best as possible after the point," he revealed

Sinner could become the new ATP No.1 at the end of the Roland Garros, dethroning the current leader Novak Djokovic. The Serbian needs at least one final in Paris to defend the ATP No.1 throne. On the issue, Sinner said: "I don't think about it. At the moment all I can do is play in the best way possible. I just have to think about my tennis, my opponents.
If it were to happen, I would take it and be very happy."

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Mason / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Richard Gasquet was also particularly impressed by Jannik, so much so that he praised him with these splendid words at the end of their 2nd round match: "He is a tennis player who plays very quickly, he hits his backhand like Novak Djokovic but he also has a very quick forehand. Also he has a great serve, I'm sure he - together with Carlos Alcaraz - will be number 1 and number 2 for many years. He is a great ambassador for this sport and we are talking about a great person. He plays really good tennis and his timing is extraordinary. He's a great player."

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