Jannik Sinner is ready for Novak Djokovic: “I love playing under pressure”

The Italian talked about the emotion of taking part at the ATP Finals 2023

The ATP Finals await Jannik Sinner, and he absolutely can’t wait to get started. It will be the Italian tennis player himself who will open the program of singles matches on Sunday 12 November at the PalaAlpitour in Turin: the countdown for the many Italian fans ready to fill the stands has already started.

Sinner gave a long interview to Corriere della Sera about his story, describing the emotion of taking part in this event again, this time as a qualifier from the start. “It’s a new mentality that I’m starting to get into. I like it when people get on my bandwagon.

This is also why I care about doing well here,” he declared. The match that stands out most in the group stage is certainly the one against Novak Djokovic, who he has never beaten in his career (3 previous matches in favor of the Serbian).

“You find yourself in front of someone who has won 24 Slams, three out of four this year alone. In terms of results, the best this sport has ever had. I hope to meet him as soon as possible, already in the group, these are the important matches for the growth, the ones for which I say: I win or I learn.

Nole will tell me where I am at,” is the analysis of the talented 22-year-old. On the past battles with the champion from Belgrade: “I felt closer this year in the semifinals at Wimbledon, despite losing in three sets, than last year in the quarterfinals, when we fought to five.

I can’t wait. It’s the matches that I train for every day, the ones that load me with pressure… Because yes, I love playing under pressure.”

Sinner is ready for the ATP Finals
The number 4 athlete in the world demands a lot from himself already during training.

He confirmed it in the interview: “After training I ask myself: did I do enough? Could I have tried harder? It’s my job, I care about it. There are those who think they work too much, I always think I haven’t worked enough This is my mentality.

Even when I arrive at night exhausted from tiredness, I question myself.” Does Jannik Sinner also know how to forgive himself? Here’s what he replied on the topic: “I have my times, it depends. With Alcaraz in New York, when I wasted a match point, I went on to think about it for a while.

But I’m not one to carry things around for days. With Shelton in Shanghai I lost at ten in the evening, there was a flight to Europe at half past one, I said: let’s take it. On the plane I was already joking with the team: think about it, I missed my backhand at 4-3, it was break point… And we started laughing. I want to understand, I don’t want to live with regrets.”

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