Italian NextGen Jannik Sinner is excited about his second-round match against World No.1 Novak Djokovic at the ongoing Monte Carlo Masters 2021. In the pre-match interview, a 19-year-old said that he is looking forward to a great fight against the 36-time ATP Masters 1000 champion.
Why Is Jannik Sinner Excited To Face Novak Djokovic
Sinner believes that he can learn many things when competing against one of the toughest players in the world at this moment. And the battle against the 18-time Grand Slam title winner would help him know about himself, especially where he wants to improve his game.
“I will definitely have a game plan. I know who is on the other side. Obviously, it’s a tough match. I think from my side because I don’t know him that well. (I have) seen him a lot on TV, watching matches. But when you play against (him) in a match, it’s different. I’m looking forward to that match,” Jannik Sinner said in the interview.
Italian further added, “It’s a good test for my side to see where I am, especially where I can improve. I know where I can improve, but this kind of match can give me a lot. I try to go there with the right mentality like in every match.”
Sinner Reminisces His Training With World No.1 In Monte Carlo
Officially, It will be the first meeting between Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner. Both of them faced each other at the A Day at the drive, an exhibition event, during this year’s Down Under Summer Series.
And Sinner’s coach Riccardo Piatti worked with Novak Djokovic in his early career stage. At that time, Italian got an opportunity to hit balls against Serbian on the Mediterranean Seashore.
Jannik Sinner continued, “I remember we were here in Monaco, Monte-Carlo. I practised with him… I was definitely younger. We were playing in two (on ones) because I was a small kid. We only hit for one and a half hours, classic practice.”
No.1 seed Novak Djokovic will play his first match since the Australian Open final. On the flip side, Serb’s opponent, Sinner, has competed in several tournaments after his first-round exit at the Melbourne major event.
In Monte Carlo, Jannik Sinner has confirmed his place in the second round after defeating Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas in straight sets(6-3, 6-4).
“I think he has more experience than me, obviously. I don’t think that’s an advantage or not. And I played today one match, giving me a little bit (of) the feeling back on clay. I’m looking forward to a great battle, trying to play my tennis… then we will see what happens,” Italian confessed.
In 2021, Jannik Sinner claimed this season’s first title at Adelaide International and reached the maiden ATP Masters 1000 final in Miami Open. Meanwhile, he played until the quarterfinals at the Open 13 Provence and Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.