By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday April 4, 2021
Jannik Sinner had a shot at turning into the fourth youngest Masters 1000 champion in historical past however fell brief on Sunday in Miami, dropping to Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(4), 6-4. As an alternative he’ll must accept being the youngest Miami Open finalist in 16 years and the ninth youngest Masters 1000 finalist in historical past—not unhealthy in any respect for the 19-year-old who will rise to No.21 on the earth in Monday’s ATP Rankings.
Sinner, who was making his Miami debut and simply his third profession Masters 1000 look, admits he nonetheless has plenty of work to do to succeed in his full potential.
“Clearly there’s plenty of work, plenty of issues to do,” he stated after Sunday’s last, which noticed him serve for the opening set earlier than dropping the subsequent six video games (in case you depend the primary set tiebreaker).
Sinner says he’s enthused about his skill to dictate play and management the courtroom along with his weapons, and regardless of the loss on Sunday, he says he plans to maintain engaged on the identical tactical strategy.
“Me actually proper now for the subsequent 30, 40 matches favor to do like this, after which we are going to see what answer we now have,” he stated, including that he was disenchanted by the loss and by no means desires to accept something however the most effective. “I believe it has been a very good week anyway. However, you realize, clearly I am not right here for making finals, you realize. I am right here to win tournaments. At this time was not my day. Settle for that. However, you realize, it is going again to work after which we are going to see what I can do on the clay.”
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Sinner can take solace in the truth that he was one of many gamers that got here to Miami with the correct mindset. He sensed alternative in a Masters 1000 draw that didn’t function a single member of the ATP’s Large 3—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic—for the primary time for the reason that 2004 Paris Masters.
“I got here right here with the mentality to win,” he stated. “We knew that Rafa, Roger, Novak, Thiem weren’t enjoying. I believe it was an enormous alternative for a lot of gamers.”
Sinner admitted that he suffered from nerves a bit in the course of the weekend, and it’s not too shocking given the stakes concerned.
“If you’re 19 and enjoying finals right here, clearly it is powerful, and I needed to win,” Sinner stated. “I used to be a bit nervous from the start of the match or already yesterday, however, you realize, it is regular, you realize, since you actually wish to win. However immediately was not my day, and congrats to Hubi.”
Subsequent up the Italian will put together for the Monte-Carlo Masters, hoping that classes realized will result in his subsequent breakthrough.
“Dropping the ultimate right here for me will not be straightforward,” he stated. “However, you realize, I used to be deciding the entire week what to do with the ball. For that point I am comfortable. Yeah, immediately went the incorrect manner. At this time you win otherwise you be taught.”