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June 7, 2024

Jannik Sinner

Paris, France

Press Conference

C. ALCARAZ/J. Sinner

2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Bad luck, Jannik. Another great battle with Carlitos today. What do you think was the turning point?

JANNIK SINNER: Well, I think it was a great match. For sure the sets he won he played better in the important points, no? I think that was the key.

Obviously disappointed how it ended, but, you know, it's part of my growing and the process. Thinking back, before the tournament reaching this point, I'm obviously very happy. In the other way, I'm disappointed about the match today.

Now I'm just keep looking forward to improve, to trying to do my best I can, and then we see what I can do in the future here in this tournament. If we watch the positive side, I have improved from last year, for sure.

Yeah, there is another chance to play here for the Olympics. Then we see how it goes.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. Can you just tell us what was going on with your left arm in that third set? Was it cramp? Were you worried about your body at that time?

JANNIK SINNER: Yeah, I was, for sure, some tension. Tension and after, cramps a little bit. I handled these situations a little bit better now. I had previous years a couple of, you know, of these kind of moments where I couldn't handle them.

If we watch that, I handled them a little bit better. It was quite early in the match. We didn't play so much, so I was not worried about my body. Was keeping up quite well.

Yeah, that's it.

Q. You have played Carlos nine times now I think in professional ranks, and he's got five; you've got four. Do you see this being the defining rivalry of your career, given you're both still quite young and likely to play a lot of matches against each other?

JANNIK SINNER: Well, you cannot compare us yet with the other players we had or still have. But for sure, I mean, if we watch the results, you know, we always or most likely when we play against to play in the semis or final or quarters. Very important matches.

I think that's exciting for the game, especially when head-to-head is quite close. And, you know, the winner is happy and then the loser tries to find a way to beat him the next time, no? I think that's exciting. That's what I will try to do.

Q. Just picking up on that, do you approach these matches as each one being separate from the last one, or do things change from match to match and you study what he's doing now, because he's made a change and now you have to make an adjustment? Or is it just when it starts, it's a completely different situation?

JANNIK SINNER: No, I think we study each other very well. You know, you can see a little bit of tension sometimes of both players and both sides just because we know each other slowly a little bit better. Each time when we play against we expect a couple of things, and then, you know, to mix up the plans, you know, you make different choices sometimes on the court.

I think, you know, next time obviously is going to be different. Let's see on what surface we play on. Also, that's very important. Best-of-three or best-of-five is also different. You know, Grand Slam, there is a different approach.

But, you know, I think it's exciting, and I'm looking forward for hopefully some more.

Q. I just wondered how you think you'll kind of process this over the next few days, whether you'll watch the final or whether you'll just try and cut off from tennis and think about something else?

JANNIK SINNER: I mean, as I say, I always like to watch tennis, yes. Let's see, you know, if I have time for sure I'm going to watch a little bit.

But in the other way, it's always, you know, tough to watch, especially when you play, you know, and then lose in the semis, it hurts, no, because you know that you could be there and it's a different feeling.

You know, if you lose the first rounds, it's different, no. Then you watch.

Let's see. I mean, for sure I'm going to rest the body a little bit, because from doing nothing for nearly three weeks to reaching a point of playing four hours, I could have never expect that. So that's positive for me.

Now it's resting and taking care of the body, for sure, is the main priority. And then trying to be ready for the grass season.

Q. I'd like to know how behaved the hip during the tournament and today. And I'm asking the question for some reasons. First, I felt you were disturbed at some point during the match. Maybe I'm wrong. Second, how do you see the buildup to Wimbledon?

JANNIK SINNER: I don't understand what I was disturbed by?

Q. By the hip is the impression I had. How did your hip behave during the match?

JANNIK SINNER: No, the hip was okay. You know, so the match the more goes on, the right hip doesn't have the strength of the left hip. It's normal at this moment, no, so sometimes I feel a little bit, especially after two-and-a-half hours and until the four hours, but this is no excuse. I was moving good. I was feeling quite good on the court. So I'm not anymore worried about the hip.

Just disappointed about how it went today. Just have to accept it.

Q. Will you need to take some time off before getting ready for grass? I mean, with what happened with your hip before, do you need to be careful with it over the next few weeks and months?

JANNIK SINNER: We have to talk about this with the team. I will work on the physical stuff, for sure. Maybe couple of days off. Then physical stuff.

And that's it. I mean, you know, grass season is different. The preparation is different. You know, you use different muscles. Let's see how I play in Halle. Obviously Halle is completely different than Wimbledon, but it's still grass.

I'm looking forward to it. I mean, last year I had a great Wimbledon, so let's see what I can do this year. I'm happy to come back and, yeah, and then we see how it goes.

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