Jannik Sinner, currently ranked world No. 4, approaches the Australian Open without any official matches this season. Despite this, the Italian player is brimming with confidence after a remarkable finish to the previous year.
Sinner notably defeated Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals round-robin stage and bested the 36-year-old in both singles and doubles at the Davis Cup, contributing to Italy's memorable triumph in November. Having reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in 2022, Sinner engaged in a couple of exhibition matches as preparation for his upcoming first-round match against Botic van de Zandschulp.
Addressing reporters, Sinner expressed his focus on delivering strong tennis at the Australian Open. He acknowledged the uncertainty of how the season would unfold but emphasized the confidence gained from his outstanding performance in the previous year.
Sinner's victories over Djokovic and the successful Davis Cup campaign have left a positive impact. Despite being slightly out of competition in the last months, he values the connection with the crowd and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
Sinner clarified that he didn't entirely abstain from competition during the offseason. He participated in the Kooyong Classic, playing unofficial matches to maintain a competitive edge. While recognizing these matches are not official, he believes they provided a valuable match-like feeling.
With a week off after the previous season, Sinner embarked on preparations for the 2024 season. As he heads into the Australian Open, he expresses confidence in his readiness for some quality tennis, acknowledging that the true test will unfold on Sunday.