Jannik Sinner did not disappoint expectations and without too many problems won his first round match at the Italian Open 2021. The Italian played an excellent match and he defeated Ugo Humbert in two sets, who last year reached the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome by eliminating Kevin Anderson and Fabio Fognini from the tournament.
Thanks to the clear victory against the Frenchman, Sinner will have the chance to face the king of clay court Rafael Nadal in the next round. The Spaniard lost in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters 1000 last week and will do what he can to redeem his latest performance.
Sinner's words after his winning debut at the Internazionali d'Italia
"After Madrid, with the team we resumed working according to our usual plan. No upsets. Maybe we focused a little more on serve," said the Italian at a press conference.
"Against Nadal it will be important to have the right mentality. I know I have more weapons than Roland Garros, but at the same time Rafa who is a great champion will try to put me in difficulty. I know him but he knows more than me now.
It will be an important moment for me, let's see how it goes. I will enter the field with the right mentality and I will try to hurt him a lot with my game. Now with my team we will try to understand what I can do better than last time.
This is a sport of situations and for each one you have to find the right solution. When you train with grownups, you go there to learn. Since I found myself sharing the court with Federer for the first time here two years ago, everything has changed when I look at myself as a player, both in the strokes and in the physical.
But if I look at myself as a person, I'm still the same. I know I have more weapons now than I did then, but then you have to try to go out and translate these weapons into something concrete. Furthermore, people like Nadal or Novak Djokovic never want to lose against anyone."
Sinner finally commented on the defeat suffered by Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid. The Roman tennis player won a very hard-fought first set against Alexander Zverev, but he was unable to make an impact in the second and third sets.
He said: "He I was very sorry, especially after seeing how he had started the second set well", explained the blue. "We met and talked about it a little earlier in the locker room."