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'Fearless' Jannik Sinner can be a force on clay, says respected Italian coach

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Italian coach Massimo Sartori says he sees no reason why Jannik Sinner can not be a force to be reckoned with on clay.

Sinner is the highest ranked teenager in the world, and has already started to accumulate titles.

Up until now, though, he has mainly been seen on hardcourts, where his powerful baseline game really shines.

This month, the ATP Tour switches to clay in the lead-up to Roland Garros, and Sartori does not think it will hold any fear for Sinner.

"He has this extraordinary ability to learn, to create improvement even at the cost of changing (his) direction along the way," Sartori told the Italian press.

"He is not a conservative, and if you propose to change something, he understands and grasps.

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"In addition, Jannik does not know fear, which instead grips many other tennis players.

"[Clay] is a surface that requires more complex tennis on a tactical and technical level than concrete.

"Jannik already demonstrated this last year in Rome and Paris. It is precisely his technical aptitude that allows him to be strong even on dirt."

"He is one who crosses the ball with his hands, in the sense that when he hits he is always under the ball, he is in control and can move it as he likes.

"On clay, where compared to concrete you have to know how to push the ball, this feature makes the difference."

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