The coach of Jannik Sinner, Riccardo Piatti has revealed that he asked world number one Novak Djokovic for his advice following their Monte-Carlo clash.
Djokovic beat the Italian youngster in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, but the 19-year-old played well and gave a good account of himself on court.
Piatti, who worked with Djokovic when he was at a similar age to Sinner, says he took the opportunity after the match to ask the Serbian for his thoughts on his opponent.
“I have a good relationship with Djokovic and after his match against Jannik, I went to Novak and asked him how he saw Sinner on the court,” revealed Piatti.
“He gave me 3-4 inputs which made me think. The day after Jannik went straight to the practice courts.”
Sinner, who is already building a reputation for his mental strength and maturity at a young age and has been compared to a young Novak Djokovic on many occasions, was asked after the match where he needs to improve.
“Well, first you have to speak with the team. It’s not that I know everything,” Sinner told reporters with a laugh.
“Obviously what I see is that Novak is defending better than me when he’s coming in the run. We have to learn there. We have to serve a little bit better.
“I think the biggest part where I have to learn, but I knew already, is to understand the right situations in every match, to don’t go too much, don’t go too slow, all the rest.
“It’s trying to understand the situation. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
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