Jannik Sinner ITA, 2001.08.16 – Photo Getty Images
Speaks Jannik sinner after the defeat against Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals of Indian Wells: “It almost could have ended differently. The decisions I made on the pitch were right. At 5-4 I had to follow her to the net, well done for him. But at net I lost the point at 3-3 when I attacked his backhand. Even in the second, 0-30, I had responded well to a fairly quick first, later she grabbed the tape and walked out. Today I wasn’t able to take some chances. Too bad, points were also set at the US Open, but then he still won. It was a bit like that today too, even if he hit the drop, the first set ended there.
Shame about the game, today the serve made the difference. I failed to serve properly. The percentages were low, I felt that today too. And it’s hard to win the game like that. I’m extremely optimistic, I know I’m very close and there’s still a lot to improve. In the movements I can move even better and faster with a little more strength. From this point of view I am optimistic. In my opinion I’ve improved a lot in the last few months and I think I showed it on the pitch. But I know that after a year I will be a different player again. But that’s the goal. Physically it will take me another 2-3 years to get to the top as I’ve grown a bit slower. I have to accept that too. In the end you train to be the best in each tournament and that was positive: I beat the top 5, I played on par with Carlos, even if he finishes 6-3 the difference is a point or two .” .
“From the baseline I feel very good and I’m maybe one of the best, but on the other hand I think we did a lot of serve in practice yesterday, for example, half an hour. I already knew that if I’d served well I would have felt more connected to him, but today I didn’t serve consistently. In the end I also found the answer much better, to 4-2, to 5-3. It gives me a good feeling to play from the baseline, of course there is room for improvement. Especially on sand it will be shown why you have to vary the game more there. I’m excited to see what I’ll do on clay, but I think I can play well there too.”