‘We knew Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic…’, says ATP star

The last week has brought great new joys to Italian tennis. The victory in the Challenger of Marbella by Gianluca Mager (over the Spanish Jaume Munar in the final) brought the tennis player back to the Top 100 and thanks to this success Italy has 10 players in the Top 100, a historical record since the ranking has existed and which sees Italy update the record achieved only a few weeks ago. The results of Berrettini, Fognini, Sinner and Sonego but in general of all these 10 athletes in the Top 100 certify the great work of the Italian movement that sees a more than rosy future. Only France and Spain with 11 players have more players in the Top 100 while the United States is also at 10. In the Top Ten the only change sees Alexander Zverev overtaking Roger Federer with the Swiss who lost 500 points, half of the 1000 won in the last edition of Miami, held two years ago. In eleventh place Roberto Bautista overtakes Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini has to ‘thank’ Jannik Sinner who by defeating the Spaniard in the semifinal at the Miami Open avoided a possible overtaking and exit of the blue from the Top Ten. Fabio Fognini loses one position while thanks to the final in Miami Jannik Sinner wins his Best Ranking and reaches the 22 Atp position at the age of only 19 and a half. With the season on clay, the Italian tennis player has enormous room for growth. Fallen Miami finalist Jannik Sinner opened up on his loss on Sunday, saying he made some errors in crunch moments which proved costly in the end. He said that with a clutch of top stars, including the Big Three – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic – missing from the main draw, it was a gilt-edged opportunity for the next lot of stars to step up and gun for glory.

Sinner says he made a couple of mistakes in crunch moments

The Italian said that he came into the event with the “mentality to win,” adding, “We knew Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Thiem were not playing. I think it was a big opportunity for many players.” Jannik Sinner added that while his aggressive tactics and ploy to push his opponents back worked in previous matches, he couldn’t bring his best to the fore in the one that mattered the most. “Somehow, I managed to win every match. Today not,” said the 19-year-old. “What I think is that from the baseline, I was deciding what to do,” Sinner said, adding that he “made a couple of mistakes in important moments.”

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