Jannik Sinner: Rafael Nadal was playing and I was only running at some points

Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner was straight honest while assessing his French Open round-of-16 performance against Rafael Nadal. 

Sinner, ranked at No. 19 in the world, suffered a straight-set defeat to Nadal as the Spaniard won 7-5 6-3 6-0. 

“I think he played very high level today,” Sinner said, per Tennis Majors. “He was pushing the ball very hard. So that makes you that you are not going to play the tennis you would like to. In one way at some points he was playing — he was playing and I was only running at some points.

“As I said the way is very long — still long — and I hope I can still have one more chance to play against him. Obviously I would like to see another test, and then we will see what’s happening. But, yeah, the way is long.”

Nadal went on a big run 

Nadal was 5-3 down in the first set before he went on an eighth-game run to take a 7-5 4-0 lead. 

“My feelings are more or less clear, no,” he started. “I think I started the first two games playing great. Then I had a bad game with 2-0 and with the wind helping, so that was a big mistake. Then I started to play too much against his backhand and too far from the baseline. So then I give him the chance to be inside the court and to have the control of the point from inside. From that position he’s dangerous. I was a little bit farther every time from the baseline.

“Then I was able to have the break back [at] 5-4 with the wind helping. I know that was a chance. So it was important to hold my serve with the 5-3 against the wind. Then [at] 5-4, you know that you can have your chances, no? So that’s what happened. I won that game; I had the break. Then I play solid game with my serve.

“Then from that moment to 7-5, 4-0, I think I played very good level of tennis. Then again, couple of mistakes and he played well, honestly. (From) 4-3 until that moment to the end of the match I think I played great.”