Jannik Sinner says he’s shaken off his ATP Finals loss to Novak Djokovic and is ready for Davis Cup.
By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Emotional hangovers can haunt even experienced players.
Jannik Sinner says he’s shaken off the ATP Finals thrashing he absorbed at the hands of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final and is ready to roll in the Davis Cup Finals.
“I think every player in the end of the season is a little bit tired. Not only physically but also mentally,” Sinner said. “It has been a really long season for all of us. Obviously every week is different.
“I came here not so long ago, but physically I feel ready to compete 100%. Tomorrow I have still one practice day, which I will use to practice, but also trying to rest.”
A strong Italian squad of Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti, Lorenzo Sonego, Matteo Arnaldi and Simone Bolelli face The Netherlands in Thursday’s 10 a.m. quarterfinal on the indoor hard court of Malaga, Spain.
Tallon Griekspoor, Botic van de Zandschulp, Wesley Koolhof, Matwe Middelkoop lead captain Paul Haarhuis’ Dutch squad.
The winner of the Italy vs. Netherlands quarterfinal will play either a Serbian squad led by Djokovic or a British team headed by Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper.
Italy is the only team that boasts three players—Sinner, Sonego and Musetti—who have scored a singles win over Djokovic.
World No. 4 Sinner, the first Italian in the 54-year history of the ATP Finals to contest the title match, said the Italian team is focused on capturing its first Davis Cup since 1976.
“I think it’s a really, really important week for all of us. Came here yesterday with obviously good feelings,” Sinner said. “It doesn’t really matter what happened last week. Here is completely new situation.
“It’s a team event, so happy to join the Italian team. Obviously happy that, you know, the captain took also me as a player. Then let’s see what’s coming for this week.
“I think we have a really good and strong team. We have many, many options to put on the court, and then we see how it goes. We will give 100%, and then we see what the end result will be.”
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