Jannik Sinner regrets missed opportunities

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Jannik Sinner regrets missed opportunities

Here are Jannik Sinner’s statements after the Wimbledon men’s singles semifinal lost to Novak Djokovic, quoted by ubitennis.com.

“I did my best and played a good match. I felt I could have chances, but I didn’t know how to materialize them. It was hard, but I felt good on the court. It was a difficult day, but I will learn and hopefully I can improve. It was my first slam semifinal and I think it was not easy for me.”

“It was a little wetter today, but it was problematic for both of us. Regardless of the score, I felt closer to him this year than last year. I’ve been 30-30 many times and last year I felt like he relaxed a little bit. That’s what I felt today and I think my level was higher. I had chances early in the match, two more break points in the second set and two set points in the third. In moments of pressure he played very well, he didn’t make any mistakes.”

“The point awarded for disturbance? It was the referee’s decision. He had already hit the ball, but he yelled long and loud. He was convinced he had scored and we players yell that way there when we are sure of the point. But I got well on that ball.”

“I will have to play these kinds of important matches more often-that’s my goal. I already knew before the game that today was going to be a difficult day, but that’s what I train for. I felt like I was ready, and I entered the field with the right mentality. I had the belief that I could win this game. I will try to take the positives from this match and move forward.”

“Djokovic’s serve is difficult to read and he has the ability to always serve close to the lines. When you play against Novak you know he is not going to give you anything and that was the case. His mental side is very solid. He knows how to interpret the decisive moments. Then I missed some easy shots too. I was ahead in the tiebreak and I made double faults and a couple of errors in the exchange.”

“It is never easy to play against a champion, he played the important points well and I struggled instead. I hope to play many such matches again. I am happy with the tournament I made and I have some regrets about this match, but I think my season was very good. I am well placed in the race, the season is still long, but I am calmer than two weeks ago.” Closing with a promise, “Next year I will try to do better.”

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