"We're working on every shot because I'm young," Italy's Jannik Sinner had said after his first win of a grand slam this year. He'd defeated Max Purcell of Australia in three straight sets but was confident more important matches were to come.
The Italian 19-year-old really started growing his interest in tennis at 7.
He took up skiiing then at 13 left home for the Academy to start sharpening his tennis skills. Sinner had success in winning Challenger and Futures titles.
The ability to grab a first grand slam win was evident at this year's Australian Open and admitted that "It was not easy for me. First match, first time in Australia...I started the match very tight, but I found the solution.
I'm very happy." Last year he was in the 500s, then 300 ranking. It was a huge win over Stevie Johnson at the Rome Masters that started propelling him into the 100s. "I'm not thinking so much about the ranking.
I'm trying to make match after match good. I don't wanna take rush about this..." he said honestly. The young Italian had a big victory over France's Gael Monfils, his first victory over a top 50 player by taking advantage of his wildcard gif.
He would also win over Australia's Alex De Minaur in three straight sets at the NextGen ATP Final last November. It was at the Rotterdam Open and another wildcard working, he won for the first time over Belgium's David Goffin.
It is obvious that Jannik Sinner is one of the young ones to watch on his progress and success. Paul Annacone had mentioned in commentary "That kid is incredible concerning racquet head speed" Sonner is taking his time and defeating top ATP guys one at a time.
"He's getting more comfortable in top 20 wins," Annacone had said. It seems to be the Italian's forte. He'd came out to the French is first time one court and grabbed another win off of David Goffin, knociking him out in the opener.
"He's just ticking the boxes," Annacone mentioned and it seems that's what he really is accomplishing. But Mr. Jannik Sinner takes nothing for granted and says matter-of-factly, "It can be difficult. I try to go on court with a good mentality."
Any of his next opponents will have their workout in dealing with the relaxed teen who wants to take his time and gather skills and techniques, knowing that the ranking will surely come.