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'These are the kind of matches I need,' says Jannik Sinner after huge win in Dubai

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Jannik Sinner says matches against the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut are exactly the kind of tests he needs after stunning the Spaniard in Dubai.

The Italian took full advantage of the lightning fast courts in Dubai to fire 48 winners past the Spaniard to move into the quarterfinals.

Sinner, who will now face Aslan Karatsev in the last eight, had to fight hard for his 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win, but he believes these kinds of matches are the only way he will improve.

“He is an incredible player, he’s very, very solid,” Sinner said of Bautista Agut after the match.

“I got to know him a little bit when we played an exhibition in Berlin. Him and his coach are both very kind.

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“It has been tough to have the right balance on court – not going too much, not going too slow. So, I think that was the key today.

“Honestly, I am looking for these kind of matches – tough matches. Knowing myself a little bit better match after match, trying to improve – that’s my main goal.

“Then obviously trying to win and all the rest. So, I am happy that I can play one more match tomorrow here.”

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