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Jannik Sinner is in round 2 at the Australian Open. © APA/afp / WILLIAM WEST

“Not easy to break the ice”: Sinner satisfied with the start

The debut has been made: Jannik Sinner survived the first round of a Grand Slam for the tenth time in a row at the Australian Open on Sunday. The South Tyrolean was happy with his performance, especially since it was his first official match of the new season.

It took over two and a half hours Jannik Sinner fought on Sunday before the resistance from Botic van de Zandschulp was broken. The Dutchman proved to be a tricky opponent who can annoy anyone with his serve and varied game. It's not for nothing that the 28-year-old was already number 22 in the world rankings. “I think I played a very good match considering it was my first of the season,” Sinner said at the press conference. “It's never easy to break the ice - especially in a Grand Slam. Yes, I made some mistakes. “But that can happen if you haven’t had an official test before,” said Sinner, who was particularly challenged in the second round.

“The exhibition matches cannot convey the feeling of a “real game”. That's why today was an important step. The best-of-five format helps me find my best form because I spend a little more time on the court,” says the Sexten native. He now has two days to get used to the climatic conditions and the playing conditions before the next match against the Dutchman Jesper De Jong (ATP 148). The 23-year-old beat Pedro Cachin (ATP 72) in four sets and celebrated his first victory in a Grand Slam tournament.

“I didn’t expect them to come to Australia.” Jannik Sinner about his fan club

Sinner received a lot of help in his first round match from his serve, which was always there in the important moments. “I have a lot of confidence in this shot at the moment. “What I have to do is improve the rate a little,” said Sinner. This was 58 percent against van de Zandschulp, a value over 60 percent is desirable. “But you know there are days when the serve goes well. And others where you struggle more with it.”

Sinner also commented on his noble fan club, the Carota Boys, who are also present in Melbourne. “It was a nice feeling when I saw her. I didn't expect them to come to Australia and can't thank them enough for their support. “They’re slowly becoming better known than me,” Sinner concluded with a smile.

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