Invited to attend the ATP Finals in Turin, Jannik Sinner spoke at length to Italian media at the end of the 2022 season. A season marked by successful matches, whether against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon or against Carlos Alcaraz at the US Open, but also by some injuries. The world’s 15th-ranked player is suffering from a right index finger injury that has prevented him from playing tennis for the past two weeks. In this interview, the Italian also answered questions about his rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz, his reference matches and his start to the 2023 season.
Jannik Sinner, ranked 10th in the world at the end of 2021, has only won one title, in ATP 250 (in Umag), this season. This is a much less impressive record than last year, when he won 4 ATP tournaments including the ATP 500 in Washinghton. On the contrary, Jannik Sinner has been brilliant in Grand Slams. But his season and summer were marked by a terrible defeat against the future winner of the tournament, Novak Djokovic, in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. A match in which the Italian lost after leading 2 sets to 0: “Nole (Djokovic) did not make the difference in the game but rather on the mental level. I couldn’t read his game from the third set on, and that’s what made the difference. But this match really made me gain experience.
“Number 1 in the world, winner of a Grand Slam tournament, victorious over Nole and Rafa, one can only admire the season of Carlos Alcaraz”. Despite his victory over this player in the final of the ATP 250 in Umag this summer and a titanic battle between the two men at the US Open, Jannik Sinner remains admiring of his friend. These two players are undoubtedly the future of world tennis, and a sincere recognition of each other could almost make us dream of a “Fedal” bromance in the coming years.
Jannik Sinner, who has a hand injury, is working on his preparation for 2023 in a different way: “We have already started to prepare for next year with my team, without lifting weights and without forcing my hand. When my finger gets better, I will start playing tennis again.” Despite the injury, Jannik Sinner wants to return to competition as soon as possible, and not at the Australian Open like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal may do. “I will start 2023 at the tournament in Adelaide. My team and I decided to go from there, also because Darren (Cahill, his coach) is from Adelaide. I won’t be playing any tournaments before then, and I hope to be 100% to start this new season.” 2023, the year of Jannik Sinner? To be continued!
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