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Jannik Sinner is prepared. © APA / MATTHEW STOCKMAN

Sinner debut in Indian Wells: Now the time is known

Almost three weeks after his title at the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam, Jannik Sinner returns to the tennis stage on Friday evening. The 22-year-old will play his second round match at the Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells after the bye.

Thanasi Kokkinakis has big plans in the Californian desert: The 27-year-old wants to be the first player to defeat Sinner this season on Center Court on Friday at 20 p.m. (CET). After two tournaments, the South Tyrolean has twelve wins and not a single defeat. However, the score of 3-0 in favor of Sinner speaks against the Australian. While Sinner had to fight for his success for over three hours in Cincinnati a year and a half ago, he won the last two duels in two sets.

However, caution is advised: the courses in Indian Wells are among the roughest on the tour. The balls wear out quickly and bounce very high. This means that it is very difficult to make winning shots. Last year, Sinner proved that he can handle these special conditions well: he only had to admit defeat to the eventual winner Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals. The Alcaraz that he could overtake in the world rankings in Indian Wells. Before the start of the tournament, Sinner's lead is 105 points.

Thanasi Kokkinakis stands in the way of Jannik Sinner. © APA / MICHAEL OWENS

“There are always moments in the season when one player plays better than the others. That’s how our sport works,” said Sinner before the start of the tournament. “The incentive is then to reach that level. But many feel comfortable here: Carlos, Novak and many more. “I’m certainly one of them too,” says Sinner, aware of his strength. The winner of the duel will face either Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 25) or Borna Coric (ATP 35) in the next round.


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