Jannik Sinner is entering the Italian Open with a lot of confidence wanting to go further than he went last year at the event.
Sinner enjoys quite a bit of support from the crowd in Rome and he's generally produced some really strong efforts in the past. He played in the quarter-final last year losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas but he's confident that he can do much better this year.
It's going to be tricky but he did find a higher level than before this year making the final in a couple of events though ending up short. Perhaps Rome is finally the place where everything falls into place. He's confident that he has everything that it takes to win those big matches and he's healthy after some minor problems.
I'm very good, to be honest. I took a little bit of time off after some very long tournaments, which is a good sign, I made a lot of good [results]. The start of the season was good and I'm happy to be back here, especially in Rome. It's a special tournament for all Italians and also obviously for me. Physically, we worked very hard for one week now and I'm happy to be here.
The big results this year comes due to a shift in mindset from Sinner. He used to be reserved, and cautious about his own potential though his on-court game is among the heaviest on Tour. That changed this year and he's ready to embrace how good of a player he truly is. 26 wins in 32 matches this year certainly prove that to be true.
I have a different mindset now. I'm not scared to say that I can win big, big matches. I'm here, I can do it... But in another way, you have to have the right respect for every single player. Every player is so tough. Also emotion-wise, it's sometimes not easy. But if I go in my way, I want to push myself to the limits because I know that, especially there, I can show some very good tennis.
That confidence shines through in the way he conducts himself on the court with a bit more fire from him than usual.