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Jannik Sinner reflected after winning the title in Miami. © APA / BRENNAN ASPLEN

“I never thought I would get this far”

The new world number 2 impresses himself: After winning the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami, Jannik Sinner gave an insight into his emotional world and revealed that he never thought he would get this far.

Jannik Sinner has the qualities of a champion. This was evident once again in Florida: While he didn't show his best tennis in the first rounds, he got better and better as the tournament continued. Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov, at least two top 10 players, failed in the semi-finals Final became extras and only won seven games together. For Sinner, these achievements have greater meaning than the number 2, which will be listed in front of his name on the ATP computer from Monday.

“Of course it’s important for me. I never thought I would get this far because I come from a simple family. Even though I am very happy to be in this position, ultimately it is just a number,” explained Jannik Sinner at the press conference. “The performances I show on the court are more important to me.” When asked whether his parents would accompany him to tournaments more often in the future, the 22-year-old said: “No, they will continue to live their lives. My father did come to Indian Wells, but they don't like traveling that much. I miss spending time with my parents and hope to make up for it in the future. As long as I’m happy, so are they.”

Sinner stays with himself

What impressed Sunday in Miami was the coolness that Sinner displayed. In the style of a veteran, he did his thing and didn't give Dimitrov the slightest chance. “As a tennis player you go through phases. A few years ago I didn't handle the situation as well as I do now. And who knows, maybe I'll be able to do it even better in the future. I have a very calm personality and always try to stay within myself. It is very important to be focused in all situations because in tennis momentum can quickly spill over to the other side.”

Jannik Sinner at the obligatory photo shoot. © APA / BRENNAN ASPLEN

Now there isn't much time for the Sesto native to enjoy this success, as the Masters tournament in Sinner's adopted home of Monte-Carlo is starting on Sunday. “It is a very special moment for me, but I will do the same as I did after the tournament victories in Melbourne and Rotterdam: return to work after three or four days. That’s who I am,” emphasizes Sinner.

The sand has always been the surface on which Sinner has had the biggest problems. “I usually struggle. From Thursday I will start training on clay. There isn't much time to adapt to it. But I’m relaxed because I have a great team behind me and I feel better prepared than in recent years – especially physically.”


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