Jannik Sinner won his first match at the 2023 edition of the ATP Finals, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, and receiving, during the on court interview, an overwhelming chorus of praise from the crowd. The Italian, in his first appearance as a qualifier for the year-end Masters in Turin, played a perfect match, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas with a double 6-4.
It must be said that the Greek was not in perfect physical condition, given the physical problems highlighted on the eve of the tournament. At the end of the match he won against the Greek, the world number 4 received a real wave of affection from the crowd in the stands, which started a chorus which was then sung by the entire PalaAlpitour.
The Italian appeared visibly moved by this overwhelming enthusiasm and expressed his heartfelt thanks. During the match, Sinner was perfect in managing and leading the challenge with authority from start to finish. Playing at home is certainly a source of great pride and responsibility for him who had set himself this great goal since the beginning of the year.
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Jannik Sinner's words
In the post-match press conference Sinner made interesting statements: "The atmosphere was really very nice, for me it's fantastic to play here in Turin, I'm playing at home.
Obviously there's a bit of pressure, but this time I managed it well and I'm happy. The performance was excellent and that's the important thing. I can say I'm satisfied." The Italian tennis player talked further about the atmosphere into the stadium: "I already knew what to expect, in the end I played here two years ago too.
But I knew today was a little different. Many things have changed in two years, first of all my experience and how I have changed in two years. Many things have changed and my mentality is different. The crowd gave me a good push, they helped me not only when I made a point but above all when I lost it.
I have to understand that I don't play just for myself but also for the fans and this thing has to help me adjust myself accordingly. Sinner-mania in Turin? It's nice to see, it means that people follow me but above all they follow tennis.
I feel that the passion for this sport in Italy is growing and this is an important step for the history of Italian tennis, I'm happy to be part of it. I played a positive season and I feel like I'm constantly growing; before there was only one sport in Italy but now tennis is also growing."