Winning debut for Jannik Sinner at the ATP 500 in Dubai, the blue’s first tournament after the defeat in the quarter-finals and after being stopped due to Covid . The very tough first round match against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was also the first chapter of a new adventure for the number 2 of Italian tennis: for the first time in the place of his historic coach Riccardo Piatti, Simone Vagnozzi was sitting in his corner , new coach hired from the South Tyrolean.
At the end of the match against the Spaniard, in which he also had to save three consecutive match points, Sinner reflected on his goals at the press conference: “I think there is still a long way to go. There are several worlds apart between certain positions on the leaderboard, you have to reach the level to get there, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I know what my power is, that I can play excellent tennis if I feel good, but you have to have a year of total continuity, this is the difference “ .
For the Italian the first goal is to raise his level, the results will arrive accordingly: “Honestly, I know I have many things to improve. I hope I can do it, this is the most important thing for me today: I know I can play at a very high level, but I know I still have to improve a lot. We’ll see”.
Finally, a passage on Maria Sharapova, with whom he shared the training ground on more than one occasion: “ Without a doubt I can learn her great mentality from her, she has an incredible mentality. I was very lucky to get to know her better. I think he is a very special person, what he has done for the tennis world is incredible . I was lucky, really ”.