Jannik Sinner won his first 2022 title on Umag clay-courts event, in Croatia, by beating the young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz with a lavish comeback in the final. In the stands, enjoying the show, in the stadium dedicated to him, there was a special observer: Goran Ivanisevic, coach of Novak Djokovic.
The former Croatian tennis playe replied about the Italian, describing his game and explaining what he should have done against the Serbian to avoid defeat at Wimbledon: “In my opinion, Sinner can win any Grand Slam and he could have beaten Djokovic at Wimbledon too.
For two sets he played in an extraordinary way, then he retreated his range too much and you can’t afford it against a champion like Nole. If you have the chance, you have to finish it immediately.”
Ivanisevic: “Sinner does not position his legs well”
In the course of his technical analysis of Jannik Sinner’s profile, Goran Ivanisevic highlighted how the Italian player has improved significantly and, at the same time, the gaps currently present in his game.
Ivanisevic added: “The serve has grown a lot but in my opinion he doesn’t position his legs well. You in Italy have Berrettini who serves very well, but between the two as a tennis player I prefer Jannik: he has an exceptional response, forehand and backhand from the bottom.
If he goes to the net more and improves the volleys, he is at the top. He missed this against Djokovic.” The first seasonal triumph for Jannik Sinner has arrived, which coincides with the first trophy on clay in his very young career.
In Umag, the Italian got rid of Carlos Alcaraz, not just anyone, especially on this surface, recovering the first set he lost and then inflicting a double 6-1 on him. Alcaraz said: “The game where I wasted six break points in the second set turned out to be the key to the match.
He started playing better and better and I didn’t know how to play against him anymore. I didn’t know how to find solutions after that game.”