Jannik Sinner: 'It was a very good feeling'

Jannik Sinner will return to action this week at the ATP 500 in Halle

by Simone Brugnoli
Jannik Sinner: 'It was a very good feeling'
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Jannik Sinner will return to action this week at the ATP 500 in Halle, where he will defend the semifinals reached last year, a player who reaches this stage of the year after reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros.

Jannik Sinner
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The 22-year-old Italian will debut as world number one against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, a tough rival to start this tour, in which he will try to achieve great results.

"It would be very special to win here, because there aren’t that many grass tournaments throughout the year. I only play here and at Wimbledon, so I only get two chances this year. But overall, it’s great to be back on the lawn," said world number one.

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In a recent interview with the official ATP website before his debut in Halle, Jannik Sinner recalled his practice session with 24-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer: “I remember Luthi stopping me on the stairs of the hotel and asking me if I could warm [Federer] up for his match.

It was a very good feeling, a special feeling. I didn’t have the chance to play against Roger in an official match, and this is something that I will always miss, but I do remember the practice sessions with him.”

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz
Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz© Ryan Pierse / Staff Getty Images Sport

Sinner will seek to take a step further at Wimbledon, after the quarter-finals of 2022 and the semifinals last year, the transalpine will go for glory in a year in which he already got his first Grand Slam title.

"It is different. The first day you have to make the moves on the surface and it is difficult, especially when you play the first rounds against players who have already played on grass. They have a little more feeling, but this is a place where they believed in me, they gave me a wild card in the previous phase in their day.

So I’m happy to be back here and hope I can show some good tennis from the beginning," Sinner told the ATP official website.

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