Filippo Volandri comments on Jannik Sinner's rise

Jannik Sinner has qualified for the semi-finals of Roland Garros

by Simone Brugnoli
Filippo Volandri comments on Jannik Sinner's rise
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Last November 27, Jannik Sinner dragged Italy to win its second Davis Cup. It was a historic success that bore the stigmata of an outfielder, who 7 months later was able to stand on the highest step of the podium.

An achievement everyone expected he could achieve, but not so quickly. His captain in the national team, Filippo Volandri. commented thus on the feat of the South Tyrolean, who from Monday, June 10, will overtake Novak Djokovic, becoming the first Italian world number one in the history of our country.

“His time is going faster than ours,” he began. Then he explained, “Stepping back, I remember the first time we went to Bratislava with Davis, with Jannik who was coming from a big change and wanted to improve. He said to me, as No. 10: 'Philip I can also finish the year as No. 20 but the goal is to improve myself, because I want to become No. 1 in the world' It makes all the difference in the world,” he said admiringly to Supertennis microphones.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
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Filippo Volandri reflects on Jannik Sinner

With his success over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters, Jannik Sinner qualified for the semifinals of Roland Garros for the first time in his career. With the one achieved in Paris, the total tally of Slam semifinals by Italian players touches 23. In this article we focus on the semifinals of Italian players in Roland Garros alone. Slam moreover traditionally more favorable to our players since of the total 23 Slam semifinals as many as 16 counting both the pre Era-Open and Era Open periods occurred on Parisian clay.

When did the spark that made him gain even more awareness of his means go off? According to Filippo Volandri, it happened precisely during the Davis Cup, when Sinner, a week after the stinging defeat against Djokovic at the Nitto ATP Finals, found his revenge on the Serbian by saving three match points.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

That episode was decisive not only for the Italian, who from that moment on played with a different attitude, but also for the 24-time Grand Slam champion, who from that moment on seems to have lost his shine and motivation: "Maybe for both.

But beyond this, it is the awareness of beating the world number 1, Djokovic, at a time when Nole was playing wonderfully well, and beating him twice in two weeks that gave him confidence. The rest is the result of his work, congratulations", he concluded.

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