March 28, 2023

The 21-year-old is also enjoying a newfound level of fitness.

He says he still isn’t where he wants to be in that regard, but believes that he has improved by leaps and bounds since last year.

“For sure we have a lot of work to do, still,” he said. “I give my body a lot of time to develop. But for sure now I am in a much, much better position than I was one year ago. We take care of quite everything. I also know my body better, when to practice or when maybe to do only gym.”

Sinner dealt with myriad injuries last season, and retired from three matches in 2022. He says the experience has given him a better understanding of how he can physically thrive on the ATP Tour.

“For sure all the injuries last year and a little bit also the bad luck we had as a team gave us still the possibility to think about or to improve for this year and hopefully also for the upcoming years,” he said. “Also mentally was tough last year, so this year I feel much, much better for a year.

“I am for sure in a good position right now, but I feel like we have so much work to do, still. I think in two, three years I will be in a very, very good position physically.”

Sinner will face Carlos Alcaraz in a blockbuster semifinal at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. The pair have split four previous meetings, with their last battle, a US Open quarterfinal, lasting five hours and 15 minutes. Alcaraz won, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-7(0), 7-5, 6-3.

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