From Madrid, our correspondent
Just two positions separate Felix Auger-Aliassime from Jannik Sinner, the first tenth in the world ranking, the other twelfth. However, for large stretches of his match in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open the gap seemed much greater, with the Canadian winning 6-1 6-2 in their first heads-up match. “I met Auger-Aliassime before” Jannik exclusively specified Ubitennis. “He certainly played better than me. I gave him two games, both in the first set and in the secondwhen [nel terzo game del primo set, ndr] I was up 40-15, I made two errors and he pushed well with his right hand. There is not much to say. […] In general, he didn’t move his legs very well on the pitch.”
In general, however, it seems that the problem of surtiroles, who risked a lot even in the first round by saving three match points, is not linked only to this match, but in general to their relationship with the 1000 from Madrid. “I prepared as usual, but the tactic we had prepared was not able to do. Last year I fought here in Madrid and again this year I haven’t found my game.I didn’t find the ball. Let’s see how next year goes. But meanwhile I did one shift more than last year. Today [giovedì] I didn’t play the game I wanted but that’s how it was.”.
However, the European clay court season is full of events and the next one is undoubtedly one of the most important for Italian tennis players.“We’ll go to Rome as soon as possible and we prepare there in the best possible way “hJannik confirmed. “Now there is another tournament, another opportunity and I hope to play better than that“.
To express yourself about the match, in the Mixed Zone of the Caja Mágica, there was also a very available Felix Auger-Aliassime who, answering our questions, explained in depth what happened in a seemingly one-way match. “If you look closely at the beginning of the game, there were some games thrown by both sides, so at 2-1 he was playing well and missed a couple of balls and after that I was good at winning that game, and from that moment I think it started lose some faith in your shots, and tried to play their game but made mistakes. On the other hand, I was playing well while he was missing a little more balls than he should have, and the combination of things created this big difference between us.” Impeccable examination, giving as much credit to himself, as he should, as to the mistakes of the opponent.
But if one makes so many mistakes, and is also aware of the mistakes, what can be done to avoid them or at least reduce the number? “It has also happened to me in the past, sometimes you keep going but you don’t find solutions. You keep trying and looking for your shots, I do I wouldn’t suggest anything new.. We try to be more precise, build your points better, but… that’s it. So the way he was playing today, I think it would have been pretty tough for him anyway. There have obviously been some balls that I know he normally wouldn’t have missed, but he did, so it wasn’t one of his best days.”
Finally, the number 10 in the world said a few words about Tony Nadaloccasional member of his team for about a year. “He is not trying to make me play like Rafa” Felix specified immediately. “Toni helps me with many things, not only related to my game. But also to the approach of the tournaments, of the matches, to the mental aspects. The is a great motivator. Whenever he talks to me, I have a very open mind. learn from the things he says, from the experiences he has lived. Because he knows everything it takes to be at the highest level. For me he is a great person to learn from.” And if he turns out to be a good student, there is no doubt that he will soon reap the benefits of this collaboration.