Jannik Sinner on his training with Rafael Nadal

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Jannik Sinner on his training with Rafael Nadal

Jannik Sinner, prior to the last edition of the Australian Open, took advantage of the precious opportunity to train with former world number one Rafael Nadal, champion in Melbourne in 2009 and winner of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Sinner, who then conquered his first ATP title at the Great Ocean Road Open, defeted fellow countrymen Stefano Travaglia in the final, lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Canadian Denis Shapovalov, in a long match that ended in the fifth set with a score of 6-3 3-6 2- 6 6-4 4-6.

In subsequent tournaments he maxed out the quarter-finals in Marseille and Dubai, before losing in the final in Miami to Hubert Hurkacz in two sets. Thanks to this latest result, Jannik jumped eight places in the ATP ranking and today occupies 23rd place in the world rankings.

Sinner: "It was beautiful"

As also reported by EssentiallySports, the Italian said about his training with Nadal: “With Rafa it was perhaps one of my best experiences. Playing with the person who won 20 Grand Slam trophies, for me it was an honor to get to know him and the team better than him."

Sinner added: "Rafa is very humble, he's a great person to anyone. So yes, for me it was really great and I would just like to say thank you to him and his team for choosing me as a sparring partner for two weeks."

Sinner and Nadal faced each other only once on the Tour: it happened in the quarter-finals of the last edition of Roland Garros, with the much more experienced Majorcan winning 7-6 6-4 6-1. Thanks to the final held in Miami and the consequent climb in the ATP ranking, Jannik will have the certainty, if things do not change, to be seeded in the next Grand Slam tournaments: an important factor, which could allow the South Tyrolean to arrive. even deeper into these events.