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Jannik Sinner, number 4 in the ATP world rankings, landed in the Netherlands full of expectations and ready to make his mark at the ATP 500 in Rotterdam. After a series of intensive training sessions in Monte Carlo, Sinner immersed himself in the Dutch competitive climate and immediately showed a commitment and dedication to work that boded well for his performances at the prestigious tournament.
The draw wanted his first opponent to be Botic van de Zandschulpin a match that promises to be a repeat of their first meeting in Melbourne, where Sinner charmed the crowd with a win that marked the start of an extraordinary journey that culminated in his first Grand Slam triumph.
However, the debut against the local talent will not be a walk in the park. Van de Zandschulp, driven by the warmth of the home crowd and the prospect of facing one of the world's best players, will take to the field with the determination of someone with nothing to lose. The challenge therefore promises to be full of emotions and high-voltage shots, where Sinner will be asked to confirm his qualifications as champion against a difficult and motivated opponent.
To better prepare, Sinner decided to train with another Dutchman yesterday. Tallon Griekspoor, whom he met in the semi-finals in Rotterdam last year. This training session was not only an opportunity to revive an old rival, but also to adapt to the specific playing conditions of the tournament, from the surface to the speed of the balls.
This first match therefore promises to be not only an important test for Sinner, but also an opportunity for the audience to enjoy a tennis spectacle at a high level. The atmosphere in Rotterdam is already electric and the anticipation of seeing the South Tyrolean champions and their Dutch opponents at work is palpable.