Jannik Sinner remains positive in loss to Nadal
Jannik Sinner fell to Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the French Open. The star said it will take some time for him to get back to his game and later reach the top of the sport. His loss to the Spaniard clearly inspired him to keep on working hard in the coming games this year.
Despite losing in straight sets to the King of the French Open, Sinner knew better when it came to getting at the top of his game. Faced with the big task of beating the 13-time champ, the star did not back down and gave all he could to at least try.
Sinner knows how vital the game is for his run, but he also knows Nadal is hungry to win too. He saw that fiery spirit that the Spaniard brings when he plays on the clay court. It was there for the whole match.
‘I think mentally, Rafa is very strong’, Sinner said. ‘That's what I'm trying to do, as well, stay strong. I'm trying to not give him any free space. When you play against top guys like Rafa, Roger, or Novak, it's tough to play against them because they are very strong mentally’.
Prior to the loss to Nadal, Sinner watched how his fellow NextGen star Lorenzo Musetti won the first two sets over world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian later answered back and only held Musetti to just a single game won.
Sinner failed to win a single set against Nadal, but he knew he had a lot of looks to do so. It was the moment where he realised the path to the top is not easy.
‘I was up, serving for the set in the first set, but it's a long way to go to win against Rafa. He played better than me’, Sinner said. ‘At the start, he was playing well. Then at some point he was not pushing the ball that hard anymore, so I went up with the break. The way to get to that level is very long, still very, very long’.
Sinner still has a long way to go, and he knows it will take some time before he reaches the same level as Rafa.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores