Sinner made an impressive entry into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-0 6-1 6-3 win over 26th seed Sebastian Baez.
The 22-year-old Italian was in control throughout, squishing his Argentinian opponent’s four break point opportunities. In total, he lost only ten points on his serve, wrapping up the match in 1 hour and 52 minutes.
“I played good tennis,” the fourth seed said. “I love[d] the conditions today, because [there] was no wind and no sun.
“I felt the ball great, I made the right decisions, and I used every chance I had today,” Sinner added. “I’m very happy.”
The red-headed Sinner is supported by his hard-to-miss Carota boys, and he thanked his supporters in the stadium and back home.
“I played now three times at 12 [noon], so in Italy, it’s 2 in the night, so thanks also to those who are watching from home,” he said.
Rest seems to have paid dividends for Sinner
Sinner had a long 2023, culminating in leading Italy to its first Davis Cup victory since 1976 in November. The decision to take a break before beginning off-season training, and skipping the year’s first tournaments, appears to have paid dividends.
Sinner arrived in Melbourne refreshed. “I’m very excited to step on the court every time,” he said. “I enjoy every moment on the court and also off the court, I think everything is going in the right way.”
“I do feel confident, no? I came here with a good off-season [and] preparation…I’m just quite focused and also relaxed on the court at the moment.”
Fourth round match on Sunday
Into the round of 16 in Melbourne for a third straight year, on Sunday Sinner takes on 15th seed Karen Khachanov.
Sinner has won the last two of his three career meetings against Khachanov, though the pair haven’t met since 2021.
“We do play a little bit similar, we love to play with the rhythm, physically we both are good movers,” Sinner said of his Khachanov.
Since they last played each other, Khachanov has recorded some of his best results. He reached the semifinals of the Australian Open 2023 and the 2022 US Open.
“It’s for sure a tough match coming up,” added the 22-year-old. “But this is why also I practice, to see where my level is, where I can find the right solution every time.”