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'I want to play more doubles to improve at the net,' says Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner at Australian Open

Jannik Sinner says he intends to play a lot of doubles tennis this year so he can work on his net game.

Sinner is the outstanding teenager on the ATP Tour, and he underlined that promise by beating Roberto Bautista Agut at the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Wednesday.

He has been likened by his coach, Riccardo Piatti, to world number one Novak Djokovic due to his clean hitting and powerful baseline game.

However, Sinner says he knows he needs to improve his net game, and he thinks doubles is the way to do it.

"Well, you know, what our goal is this year, trying to play more doubles," Jannik Sinner said after beating Bautista Agut.

"I volley well but I think the doubles volley is a little bit different than singles one.

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"But I have to improve many things, especially at the net. The more you repeat, the more you can understand how to play the volleys.

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"Today in the match I tried that, sometimes it worked sometimes it didn't. But I think I'm improving, which is my main goal, and I'm happy I can play tomorrow."

Sinner is currently the world number 35, although many are tipping him to challenge for the top ten by the end of the year.

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