Jannik Sinner: Rivals respect me extra, now they play with nothing to lose

Jannik Sinner has admitted he has observed how his rivals now respect him extra after successful his first Grand Slam.

The newly-crowned Australian Open champion returns to official competitors subsequent week on the Open 500 in Rotterdam and faces the native favourite Botic van de Zandschulp.

It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the 22-year-old, who surprised Novak Djokovic within the semifinals on his option to beating Daniil Medvedev in an epic five-set comeback within the remaining in Melbourne.

Talking to MARCA on Saturday, Sinner admitted he feels has earned the respect of his rivals after his memorable triumph – and says he should be ready to play at the next stage consequently.

“They respect me extra, however on the identical time they know me extra they usually know my weaknesses extra,” Sinner stated. “I’ve to be ready for it and that is why I practice. Let’s examine how I react to this case.

“The vast majority of tennis gamers now should not going to have something to lose in opposition to me, and it’s one thing totally different from the previous as a result of they are going to play with much less strain.”

Sinner believes that the differing types between the subsequent era of stars, together with Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune, exhibits tennis is in good palms when Djokovic and Rafa Nadal step away from the game.

“There are lots of younger gamers who’re enjoying at a excessive stage, we even have Daniil [Medvedev] and Sascha [Alexander Zverev],” he added.

“It’s true that Carlos and I are the youngest, together with Holger. Every one is totally different each on the sport stage and mentally, and that’s the lovely factor to see, that we aren’t the identical and that every one is totally different from the opposite. The longer term goes to be attention-grabbing.”

No time to have a good time

Sinner hasn’t had time to savor his victory along with his family members, nonetheless, because it was again to enterprise straight after his maiden Grand Slam triumph. The Italian revealed he hasn’t seen his household since his victory, however hopes to go to them when his participation in Rotterdam is concluded.

“After successful in Australia, I flew to Rome. I used to be there two days and took solely two days of trip. That is all,” he added.

“Even in Rome, I used to be working within the fitness center to keep up my bodily situation from Melbourne with the intention to be prepared for Rotterdam.”

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