Competing against Rafael Nadal for two weeks and completing a 10-match winning streak with two consecutive titles on the ATP Tour had conditioned the young Italian

But the day before his Australian Open game in the first round against the 21-year-old No. 1 he won a titleDenis Shapovalov with 11 seeds was a distance too far

Shapovalov, after a long and lively discussion with the chair umpire about a toilet stop, took a medical break to treat his left shoulder after dropping the serve to make the fourth sentence

He returned to break Sinner’s serve, holding on to win 3-6 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 after hitting a breakpoint in a three hour marathon of 55 minutes in the last game Margaret Court Arena which ended at 12:49 p.m. local time

That ended the first day of the first major of the year, which both players and avid tennis fans will remember

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“Honestly, Jannik is super talented, he’s such a great player You know, he’s a great guy, great worker I’m sure he will be a very, very tough opponent in the future”

For Sinner it was an early end to his fifth major and an up and down in Down Under. Even at the end he had the chance to force another game. He saved a match point and then earned a breakpoint when Shapovalov at Deuce Made a double fault, but his attempted pass shot to win him barely sailed

Since losing to Nadal in the quarter-finals of the French Open, Sinner has collected his first two consecutive ATP titles. He was the youngest since Nadal in 2005 and there are high expectations that he will win more

Sinner said after defeating his Italian Stefano Travaglia in a two-hour final at the Great Ocean Road Open on Sunday 7: 6 (4) 6: 4 that in his experience it was not just about winning: “Sometimes If you lost games, important games may help you even more, especially if you are young “

He’s learned a lot over the past month, including a 14-day hotel quarantine and a crowded schedule for the tuning tournaments, where he had to play twice in one day and save match points in the semi-finals

“I don’t think it hurt me to be honest,” he said of his hectic week. “Obviously I felt a little tired after that, but I think there are a lot of things I can learn from it I’m looking forward to it to play the next tournament with the right mentality “

And then there’s the long-term benefit of his time in Australia this month with 20-time grand winner Nadal

“It’s a big, big lesson,” he said. “The reason we came here was to practice with Rafa for two weeks because I think he can give me a lot of things about how I was with the right mentality can stay in court

“Even today it is mentally difficult for me to lose here in the fifth, but it will be a lesson”

Shapovalov, 21 years old and in the relatively rare position of being the older man in court, admitted that his experience made all the difference

“I’ve had a little rest the last few days and he had to play some tough, very tough games – he literally played the final yesterday,” said Shapovalov

“It’s definitely never easy before a Grand Slam, but it sure was on my mind and definitely gave me a bit of confidence you know, I felt like I was probably the fresher guy on the pitch”

That situation will be reversed in the second round when he faces veteran Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, who had an easier ride when Yuichi Sugita was eliminated with an injury while pausing in the third set

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