I'm not here for finals, I'm here to win: Jannik Sinner after Miami Open defeat

On the back of an impressive week, the Italian teen fell short in the Miami final to Hubert Hurkacz

Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner in the Miami Open final; Credit: ATP Tour Twitter

Jannik Sinner had a week to remember in Miami. The less-fancied teenager stunned the tennis world with his fearless game that helped him frequently upset top players. His memorable run came to an end in the final against Hubert Hurkacz 7-6, 6-4. Despite not lifting the Miami Open title, the 19-year-old Italian can hold his head high on the back of his impressive week. Nonetheless, the player himself is not satisfied with the final outing as he aims to go one step further in future tournaments.

“I think it has been a good week anyway,” Sinner said after the match. “But obviously I’m not here for making finals. I’m here to win tournaments. Today was not my day, [I] accept that. But it’s going back to work and then we will see what I can do on the clay,” he further added.

The 19-year-old Italian player is clear about the takeaways from the tournament in whole. “I control everything. I know [in] what position I am, where I’m going to be. But for me, the main focus now is what I showed in this tournament: that I improved from the last tournament. Obviously when you get a little bit of confidence, it’s a little bit easier,” he added.

‘Improvement needed’

He has stressed on the importance on how he plans to improve in future tournaments. “But you have to work hard to go deep in tournaments, especially in big tournaments. For me, improvement is the most important thing. I still have to talk with my team [about] why I lost, what they think, where we have to work… But I think I have to improve on every single part of my game physically, mentally, everything. Then we will see what’s coming.”

Sinner seemed to be happy with certain aspects of his game, but stressed upon the need to improve in other areas as well. “I think I can learn many things today. For me now it’s tough to talk about the match. From the baseline, I was deciding what to do. Today I made a couple of mistakes in important moments, yes, but I was dictating, so I’m happy about that,” he added.

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