In recent days, Italian teenager Jannik Sinner is exhibiting his stunning performances in the men’s circuit. As a result, the 19-years-old holds several records under his belt. However, the Next-Gen superstar revealed that he always remembers the two weeks of training with the 20-time Grand Slam champion none other than Rafael Nadal.
Even though Sinner fell to eventual champion Rafael Nadal before reaching the semi-final, the debutant forced the legend to play a tiebreaker to win a set for the first time 7(7)-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.
“The match against Nadal at Roland Garros last year was very important for me,” Sinner said in a recent interview with L’Equipe.
“I Will Never Forget It”, Jannik Sinner on Training Experience With Rafa
Before the beginning of the Australian Open 2021, most of the participants were quarantined in Melbourne, but Jannik Sinner was in Adelaide.
Ultimately, Italian had a wonderful two weeks of the training session with the 34-years-old Spaniard in South Australian Capital, where Sinner also learned some cheeky football skills on the tennis court.
World No.34 further explained, “And my training with him before the Melbourne Open was even more important than playing in Melbourne.”
“At 19 years old, training for a fortnight with a player who won 20 Grand Slams was the best thing that could have happened to me. Not only for my career but also as a life experience. I will never forget it,” added Sinner, who lost his Australian Open 2021 opening round match to Denis Shapovalov in the five-setters.
However, Jannik Sinner claimed his second ATP Tour-level title at Adelaide International last month. After winning his first title at the 2020 Sofia Open, he became the youngest ATP title-holder since 2008.