Jannik Sinner praised Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer

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Jannik Sinner praised Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer

In a press conference following his victory over his countryman Gianluca Mager, Jannik Sinner was asked to recall the time he spent with Maria Sharapova, who was coached by Riccardo Piatti in the very last phase of his career.

The Italian said: "I had the pleasure of knowing her quite well. We trained together a few times and I had the opportunity to exchange opinions with her. I have to say that she is a fantastic person. Taking into account that I was only 18, experiences like this allow you to mature more quickly.

" In heis spare time, the young Italian is enjoying watching Roger Federer's matches on his return to the French Open following his absence last year. He said: "My dream is to be able to face it sooner or later, even if of course I can't foresee the future.

He's doing great so far, she doesn't look like he's nearly 40. When you see Roger play, you are sure that you will have fun regardless of the final result." We have to recall that Jannik Sinner, defeating Michael Ymer, and avenging the defeat he suffered last year in Montpellier, qualified for the 4th round of Roland Garros 2021, where Rafael Nadal will be waiting for him.

The Italian reaches the 4th round in a Grand Slam for the second time, repeating what he did last year in Paris when his adventure continued up to the quarters where he found Nadal blocking his way. After a first set in which Jannik outclassed Ymer by putting in six games for a 6-1 shot in half an hour, the matter becomes more complicated in the second set.

Here the Swede is saved from 0-40 in the sixth game and then it is he who sets the first break of the match. Sinner is very good at taking back a set that he seemed destined to lose by the hair and, putting in the last three games, he transforms the 4-5 into 7-5 in his favor.

Defrauded at the beginning of the third set for a double bounce sensationally not seen by the chair judge on the break ball, Jannik does not make a turn, cancels four break points in the following game and at 4-3 grabs the decisive extension that allows him to close the question a little further on 6-3.

Musetti calls and Sinner replies: the two promises of blue tennis arm in arm in the round of 16 in what seems to be the dawn of a fantastic day for Italian tennis.