Have you seen it, Jannik? Twelve months later a different player. Riccardo Piatti, in the night phone call from Melbourne, a happy coach: Jannik Sinner, the different player (about a year ago, he lost in the second round of the Australian Open from Fucsovics), has just joined the second career title after Sofia, the Melbourne Atp 250, winning (7-6, 6-4) the derby in the final with Stefano Travaglia. At 19 years, 5 months, 22 days. the youngest player to win two consecutive tournaments after Rafa Nadal (2005), the greenest teenager to do an encore by Novak Djokovic (2006): five matches in five days, 10 hours on the field, winning 5 tie breaks and canceling one match point in Khachanov. Those who feared that the boy (new # 32) had narrow shoulders, served: He was tired, he also played double, went beyond all difficulties: the quarantine, the tampons, the stop of the tournament in the middle of the week for the positivity of a Grand Hyatt employee – analyzes Piatti -. All right. Jannik has to go through two difficult years to gain experience. Indeed, I wish them to be as hard as possible.
The right road map, so far nothing has been wrong as a student and mentor. And they are paying toothe two-week quarantine in Adelaide at Rafael Nadal’s court, the 20 Grand Slam champion who at the end of last season had given coach Carlos Moya a mandate to call Piatti: Riccardo, would Jannik train with Rafa in Australia ?. Gladly. The example of the Spanish was the best lesson for Jannik – says Piatti -. Rafa trains with extraordinary intensity every day, as if he is not the number 2 in the world, as if he has not won anything so far. always pushing, from the first exchange of the warm-up dribble: it keeps you getting uncomfortable. My job was to make sure that Jannik remained tidy, technically and tactically. Two very useful weeks, as I imagined. The tenth match won in a row by Sinner, yesterday in Melbourne against an opponent more tired than him who made 66 free mistakes, also showed the fruits of winter work: First he just hit. Now Jannik understands the moments of the match. How they change, what adjustments to make. The forced stop for the pandemic helped us: in Monte Carlo there were all the best, he trained with Wawrinka, Goffin, Zverev, and he needs to work with the strong ones, because Jannik is a sponge, he learns in every moment; even against Travaglia he was forced to do something he is not very familiar with: he scraped his energy from the bottom, these are the most important matches for him.
The Australian campaign continues this morning with the challenge with Denis Shapovalov (about 10.30 am, Eurosport TV), the most fascinating first round that the first Grand Slam of the season could set: Interesting game, we are both very young, I feel energized, says Jannik, who studied tennis in the winter. Tell Dishes: I invited him to dinner, then he would sit on the sofa in front of the TV. I showed him the Grand Slam finals of Djokovic, Federer e Nadal. Not all: the moments in which those three champions were in trouble, to show him how they got out of trouble. He looks and takes what he needs. For me it’s tennis that of the Majors: three sets out of five. With this formula you are sure that the best always wins. That’s why I don’t like the new Davis Cup, I don’t recognize it: another ATP Cup, no longer Davis. Do not panic: when the time comes, when the call-up of the coach Volandri arrives, Sinner will answer present. But soon to talk about it. Shapovalov, no.12 in the world, the next mountain to climb.
February 7, 2021 (change February 8, 2021 | 10:01)
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