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'I was suffering' - Jannik Sinner explains surprise defeat at Madrid Masters

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Jannik Sinner says he was 'suffering' during his Madrid Masters defeat to Alexei Popyrin, but he has vowed to come back stronger.

The Italian was well-fancied for a good run in Madrid, but he crashed out in the second round against the impressive young Australian.

Sinner started the better and was looking in good shape when he took a 5-3 lead in the opening set, but his performance quickly deteriorated before he sank to a 6-7, 2-6 defeat.

He never looked comfortable on court, though, as he was particularly struggling with a persistent cough.

And, after the match, he was happy to explain what went wrong, although he was keen to stress it was not why he lost.

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"I suffer from allergy and here there is a lot of pollen, I also play with contact lenses and everything," Jannik Sinner explained. "This bothered me a lot.

“I suffered more because there was more sun and in that court he coped easily, but I did not lose for this reason. He played better than me.

“This defeat helps me to grow. Now I go to the court to work to be at the top for the next match. I’ll come back stronger than before.”

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