Jannik Sinner Indian Wells 2021

Jannik Sinner ‘happy’ yet ‘disappointed’ after his 2021 campaign comes to an end

Jannik Sinner admitted he had mixed emotions after his season came to a close with defeat against Andy Murray at the Stockholm Open.

The Italian talent has enjoyed another fruitful year with four trophies to his name, though has been somewhat laboured at the end of his season with back-to-back defeats to Carlos Alcaraz and the former world number one.

Sinner, who plays his best tennis on the indoor hard-courts, struggled to compete with the variety and aggressive tennis that the three-time Grand Slam champion posed as he went down in straight sets.

Following his latest defeat, the 20-year-old refused to be too disheartened as he reflected on a very impressive year.

“I think it was a great year. Winning four titles, making the final of a Masters 1000 event, two semi-finals in 500 events and many experiences which I am happy about,” Sinner told reporters.

“I played so many tournaments for the first time so next year I know how it is there and how the conditions are.”

Despite his positivity, Sinner was also hugely disappointed not to achieve his goal of making the ATP Finals in Turin after Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz took the two remaining spots in Paris.

“I’m very disappointed with how it ended,” Sinner said.

“I’m going to close (2021) outside the top 10. It’s tough because I tried my best at the end of the year. I played a lot of matches.

“Winning Sofia, reaching the last 16 in Indian Wells and then winning Antwerp. Now a couple of first round (losses), it can happen.

“I had a clear goal in my head which I didn’t reach this year. That was going to the ATP Finals in Turin. It’s tough but I can take away a lot of great moments of the year.”


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