Jannik Sinner took a lot of risk on his debut in Dubai against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, but managed to win after having canceled three match points in the tiebreak of the second set. Certainly not an exciting performance offered by the young Italian, who made too many free mistakes in the first two halves.

His performance went up in the third, but it will take a different version of Jannik to get the better of Andy Murray in the next round. The Scottish champion won the only head-to-head to be staged in Stockholm last year. Sinner said: “I lost to Andy Murray in Stockholm, so I hope to take my revenge here in Dubai.

He is still a great player despite his injuries, I will have to play my best tennis to be able to beat him.”

Maria Sharappova

Sinner: “Maria Sharapova is a unique person”

The number 10 ATP tested positive for Coronavirus after the Australian trip: “I had some symptoms, but none particularly serious.

I have always managed to move with peace of mind. I stayed home and couldn’t train for a few days, but nothing to worry about. Now I am here, I have recovered and I feel great. Although the match against Davidovich was very long, I feel fresh and this is the most important thing.”

Jannik also spoke of his relationship with Maria Sharapova: “What struck me most was undoubtedly his mentality. You have insane mental strength. I was very lucky to get to know her, we trained together a couple of times.

In addition to having a special place in the history of the sport, she is a unique person. I am truly honored to have spent time with her.” After competing in the ATP Cup, Sinner reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. His race ended abruptly against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, author of a masterful performance on the Rod Laver Arena.

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