Forget Madrid living under pressure. Jannik Sinner is very clear about the objective of the Rome Internationals communicated today and it does not matter if the absences of Musetti and Berrettini burden the South Tyrolean tennis player with more responsibilities. “I am sorry that they are not here because it is the most important tournament in Italy after the Finals. The pressure on me is normal, but you have to manage it. It is something to deal with because the atmosphere is different when you are in the top 10-15 of the world”.
Certainly the fiery loss to Aliassime in Spain has left some scum. “At midnight I was there to review the game, losing 6-1, 6-2 in just under an hour has never happened to me,” Sinner added. However, not everything is ruled out for his new coach, Simone Vagnozzi. “You can learn from defeats -explained the Barça tennis player’s coach- We used the week after Montecarlo to train physically, that’s why Madrid wasn’t 100% where he still played two good first games. Aliassime, then, did not play well and in conditions that Jannik does not like”. The Spanish clay court has always created some problems in the 12th place in the world. “In Rome, however, I feel better, it is a tournament which I certainly like” and Jannik’s hope is to also put the work he is doing with coach Vagnozzi on the pitch.
“We are working well. I know how to do more things if necessary, but the important thing is not to lose my identity. I have a lot of room for improvement, we are working on the backhand and the net game. .” And while waiting for the debut with Pedro Martínez, a first joy will give him his Milan. “It is important that he beat Verona”, he joked in the conference. The response of his Inter coach, however, was not long in coming. “Now I always tell them that they have already won the Scudetto”.
A question and an answer came between the questions about the new year’s slogan about the change of coach. “Certainly I cannot compare myself with Piatti, who is the best Italian coach in terms of results, Vagnozzi said. I started this adventure with Sinner with the greatest respect for the work done before and I think Jannik is happy with how we are working. There is good.” Starting from Rome where the board sees him inserted at the bottom, the one without Djokovic and Nadal, but with Tsitsipas, Zverev. There will be Alcaraz only after the victory a Madrid Rome refuses to recover in sight of Paris
After the duel Sinner-Alcaraz faded, the fans present at the Foro Italico enjoyed the feat of the Roman tennis player Zeppieri who beat the American Cressy (no. 64 in the world) in the last qualifying round that gave him access to the main draw. Bitter Sunday, however, for Francesco Passaro and Matteo Arnaldi eliminated respectively by Cristian Garin and Marin Cilic in the first round of the main draw.
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