Sinner: “I’m not here to play in finals, I’m here to win”


Jannik Sinner will have to wait until his first major title as he was defeated in yesterday’s Miami final by Hubert Hurkacz, but his goals are clear.

“I’m not here to go to finals. I’m here to win tournaments. Today was not my day and I accept that. But I’ll get back to work and see what I can do on clay,” Sinner said at yesterday’s press conference in Miami after losing to Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 (4), 4-6 in the Miami Open final.

“I’ve got everything under control. I know where I am and I know where I want to be. My focus right now is not on what I showed in this tournament, it’s on improving in the next tournament. Definitely this tournament gives me confidence and that makes it a little bit easier, but I have to work hard to make big runs in tournaments, especially the big tournaments,” added Sinner, who moved up to world No.23 today, making his first Top 30 entry.

“For me, the most important thing is to improve. I need to talk to my team and see what was the reason for the loss, let them tell me their opinions and work on them. But I think I need to improve every area of my game. I need to improve physically, mentally, everything. Then we’ll see what happens.”

Sinner trailed 0-3 in the first set and 0-4 in the second set of the final. He levelled the 1st set, in the 2nd set he had to erase 2 break points to avoid 0-5 and came within 2 points of tying the match in the last 2 service games of the Pole. Overall though, she was not on a good day and made several unforced errors.

“I was a bit nervous. It was a tough day today, it’s not easy to lose a final. But overall I’m happy with the decisions I made on court all week. Today didn’t go well. I can learn a lot from today. Now I’m going back to work to prepare for the dirt season, I don’t want to waste any time. I have tournaments next week already and I want to be ready.”

Sinner will begin his dirt season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, which starts on Sunday, April 11.