‘I’m much stronger’: Yannick Siner is excited to challenge Djokovic in the semi-final
LONDON, July 12 (IANCE) After reaching a Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon to set up a rematch with world beater Novak Djokovic, Yannick Siner says he is a better player than he was 12 months ago when he led by two sets for 23. The Grand Slam champion vanished into thin air.
The sinner could be the one who upset the hero seven times. Last year, Italian Djokovic led two sets to love in the Wimbledon quarter-finals before the Serb thwarted his dream and came back to win.
The Italian will continue his quest for his first major against Djokovic on Friday. The 21-year-old, who lost in five sets to the Serb last year at SW19, is excited about the challenge.
“For sure I’ve improved physically. I’m much stronger. I can stay on the court for many hours without suffering. I also think in terms of the game or tennis I feel better. If I have to play the chip, I can play now without thinking. Before it was always a little different I can go to the net I know I have good shots.
“Last year I played a very good match against him. I learned about it. I hope I can show this also on the court,” Sener told reporters.
Djokovic is just two games away from equaling the Wimbledon men’s singles record and the all-time Grand Slam singles title. Sinner is fully aware that he will face an incredibly ready and almost unbeatable player on grass courts.
“It’s definitely one of the toughest challenges, if not the toughest, ahead of me… It’s a Tour, very important, semi-final. He’s won 23 Grand Slams. He won in Australia, he won in Paris. He’s also in a huge boost in confidence.” .
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m obviously going to do my best. Last year I played a very good game against him. I learned about it and hopefully I can also show that on the field. I’ll stick to my game plan in my head, and hopefully I can implement it in the best possible way.” said the Italian.