Jannik Sinner couldn't defeat Novak Djokovic in the Turin final. Despite the young Italian's maximum motivation, facing a player like Djokovic made it clear how challenging achieving his goal would be. After the match, Sinner candidly emphasized that competing against Djokovic helps him grow as a player.
It's a sign that he still needs to work and improve to secure tournament victories. "Tennis is interesting because, as you can see, every day is different," Sinner said, quoted by eurosport.com!
"Some days [ago] I won against him.
Here the same conditions again and you lose.
But I think generally today I saw that I still have to improve, for sure. I believe that he makes me a better player, like all the other players I lost to. I now have to work on this."
Jannik Sinner on his mindset
In tennis, mindset is crucial, something Sinner really understood in the second part of the season.
He's pleased with the progress he's made. If he keeps up this momentum, everyone believes Sinner can achieve great things in the future. "I think there are many positive things, to be honest," he said.
"I think, especially the second half of the year, mentally I was much, much stronger.
I was not complaining so much on court when things were going in the wrong way. I think these kind of things, they make a difference sometimes…" He is especially happy because he had the opportunity to play big matches.
This is very important for his experience and confidence. The fact that the Italian is only 22 years old gives hope that there is plenty of room for him to progress. "One of the things where I can be really happy is that I played many, many important matches in the biggest stadiums we have throughout the whole year. This is something that can hopefully help for the next season."