Sinner reveals nature of illness he suffered against Medvedev

At the press conference, Sinner explained that he already had problems the morning before the match

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Sinner reveals nature of illness he suffered against Medvedev
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During the change of court at the beginning of the third set, Jannik Sinner worried his fans and the crowd on Centre Court due to an illness he suffered in the Wimbledon quarterfinal match lost in 5 sets against Daniil Medevdev. They were moments of concern, with the young Italian asking for a medical timeout due to dizziness.

The doctor and physiotherapist who intervened took him to the locker room to perform treatments for 11 minutes in total. Sinner then returned to the court and managed to take the match to the 5th sets, also showing that he had recovered - at least partially - from the physical problem that had struck him.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Francois Nel / Staff Getty Images Sport

At the post-match press conference, the media asked the young Italian about the nature of the physical problems that afflicted him at the beginning of the third set. Sinner revealed that he had not felt well already the morning before the match.

"The physio told me it was better to take some time because he looked at me and I didn't look fit to play. I was struggling physically. It was not an easy moment. I tried to fight with what I had today. That's it. This morning I was already not feeling well. I had some problems and then the tiredness. It was tough. Nothing to take away from Daniil. I think he played very well, very intelligent tennis. That's it.

I left the court. I didn't actually want to leave. I didn't throw up. But I took some time because I was quite dizzy. Off the court, I had the hardest moment maybe. When I came back, I did my best. Obviously disappointed about the third set. I had a couple of set points and I couldn't use them. In the fourth set I raised the level a bit. In the fifth I had a terrible service game that decided the match.

It's not easy to handle these situations on the court. But it happened. I never thought about retiring. For sure the crowd helped me a lot. I was also surprised that I extended the match. Because I retired a lot two years ago. I don't want to retire if it's just a little bit of illness or I'm sick or whatever. I was still in shape to play somehow. The fifth set I felt a little bit better again. The energy level was a little bit higher. But the energy level was not constant," he explained.