Sinner starts well, 3-0 to van de Zandschulp. Berrettini retires due to injury

A winning start to the season for Jannik Sinner. At the debut ofAustralian Open the blue – seeded number 4 – he beat the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp after just over two and a half hours of play.

The 22-year-old Italian therefore passed the first round of the tournament. On the same day, however, a big blow for Italian tennis: Matteo Berrettini withdraws due to injury

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Australian Open, Sinner vs Van de Zandschulp

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The tennis player from San Candido, Trentino-Alto Adige, beat the Dutchman by 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

“Victory which means a lot, I’m fine”

“It was my first game of the season and it means a lot to start with a win.” Jannik Sinner comments on his winning debut like this: “Physically I feel good, in good shape, the first round is never easy so I can be happy for today”.

Debut with victory also for Matteo Arnaldi who overcame the Australian Adam Walton with the result of 7-6, 6-2, 6-4. The tennis player from Sanremo easily overtook the Australian Adam Walton, number 167 in the ATP rankings. The hunt for the first Grand Slam tournament has begun.

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Australian Open, Sinner vs Van de Zandschulp

Tennis, Sinner: “A good start but it’s a long time…”

“I feel like I started really well for the first match. Then, I had a few moments where I made a couple of bad choices, but that can happen. The feeling of the match was important for me because I was looking forward to take the field. It was a positive opening match. Let’s go a little further. Then we’ll see, right?”. “Today I won but it wasn’t so easy. My opponent played well and served well. But I somehow managed to take advantage of the important moments.” Jannik Sinner is satisfied with his winning debut at the Australian Open but prefers to keep a low profile in view of the next commitments.

During the official post-match interview the Italian does not let himself be carried away by the enthusiasm and controversy linked to the words of Carlos Alcaraz who would like to challenge Novak Djokovic in the final: the Serbian is in the same position as Sinner in the draw and theoretically could challenge the ‘blue in the semifinals. “Where to get to? Today is Sunday – Sinner replies with a smile – The tournament is so long but I’m certainly looking at the next matches even if in a different way: I’m going day by day.” “Today there was a player to beat, on Wednesday it will be a different player and I will have to try to beat him. And this is all. There is still a lot of work to do – concludes the number 4 in the ATP ranking – No one can predict the future. As I said, we obviously aim to play big games in big stadiums, so let’s see…. It will be an interesting tournament.” He concludes.

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Australian Open, Sinner vs Van de Zandschulp

Tennis: Berrettini withdraws from Australian Open due to injury

However, bad luck for the other Italian, Matteo Berrettini, who withdrew from the Australian Open due to an injury to his right foot. He will be replaced in the draw by Belgian Zizou Bergs. The Australian Open reported this in a post on X. “We wish you a speedy recovery,” the post reads. Berrettini thus misses the match against world number seven Stefanos Tsitsipas, faced four times and never beaten by the Roman.

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Matteo Berrettini

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