Jannik Sinner Australian Open 2021

‘I’m not here for finals. I’m here to win’, says Jannik Sinner after Miami Open final

Jannik Sinner took the positives from his Miami Open run, but described his final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz on Sunday as “a tough day”.

The 19-year-old Italian was beaten 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 by the Pole in what was a first ATP Masters 1000 final appearance for both players.

Sinner rose to a career-high ranking of No. 23 today after his five wins in Miami.

“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,” Sinner said in his post-match press conference.

“But I think I have to improve on every single part of my game physically, mentally, everything. Then we will see what’s coming.

“I think it has been a good week anyway. 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.

“I think for me today is a tough day, to be honest, because losing the final here for me is not easy. But I was deciding the whole week what to do with the ball. For that, I’m happy.

“Today went the wrong way. Today you win or you learn. When you’re 19 and playing (the) final here, obviously it’s tough, and I wanted to win.

“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.”

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