Jannik Sinner: 'I remember every single session'

Jannik Sinner will debut as the new world number one for the first time in a tournament in Halle

by Simone Brugnoli
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Jannik Sinner: 'I remember every single session'
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Jannik Sinner will debut as the new world number one for the first time in a tournament in Halle, in his second official week leading the circuit. An Atp 500 tournament but one that because of the schedule and the tennis players on the court that seems to say more than that, a rather complicated schedule and several Top Ten players present in the tournament.

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Sinner wants to try his hand on grass but has to deal with a rather complicated draw that sees him immediately against very good opponents. Not an easy draw since we are dealing with an Atp 500 tournament and many complicated opponents.

The Dutch Griekspoor and probably the Russian Safiullin will be his first two opponents in the Halle tournament, with the Russian starting favored in his match against Maroszan. Both strong on serve and comfortable on this surface, the two first opponents will not be easy but from the Quarters onward that Jannik's path is comparable to that in a Grand Slam tournament.

Jannik Sinner reflects on Roger Federer

In the Quarterfinals Jannik Sinner should in fact face the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, a talented player and tough opponent despite the unsuitable surface; in the Quarterfinals Sinner will face Tsitsipas or possibly the host Jan-Lennard Struff, a rather tough opponent on grass.

In the semifinals Sinner could face one of Daniil Medvedev or Kazakhstan's Bublik although the latter is back from injury in the Stuttgart tournament, a tournament where he withdrew in the Quarters against Musetti. In short, his path is far from easy and on the other side of the scoreboard Sinner could face in the final one of Alexander Zverev, the home idol, or one of Andrey Rublev, Hubert Hurkacz and Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, also comfortable on this surface.

During a recent interview, Sinner opened up on Roger Federer (who won this tournament 10 times): “I didn’t get a chance to play against Roger in an official match, and that’s something I’ll always miss, but I remember the training sessions with him. I didn’t have many, so I remember every single session, more or less. He just gave me mental advice: try to enjoy yourself and keep working hard. That’s the only thing he told me, and it was really nice to share the court with him.”

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