Jannik Sinner welcomes the idea of polishing his game further after he claimed his first Australian Open title on Sunday.
The world No.4 is up for more challenges after a 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over third seed Daniil Medvedev in the final. Sinner is now the first Italian to win the Australian Open at just 22 years old.
“So it’s a great moment for me and my team,” Sinner said. “But we also must improve if we want another chance to hold a big trophy again.”
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The 6-foot-2 right-hander admitted he still has “to process it” in beating two top players on his way to the title. Sinner stopped world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal before posting a comeback win over world No.3 Medvedev.
Sinner credited coach Darren Cahill for making him more physically fit the past fortnight. Cahill’s resume included working with retired greats from Australian Lleyton Hewitt to Andy Murray to Simona Halep.
With Cahill, Sinner is confident he can contend for more majors this year.
“So yes, I like to dance in the pressure storm,” the Italian said of the challenges that come after winning a major. “Personally, I like it, because that’s where most of the time I bring out my best tennis.”