The first Grand Slam of the year is just around the corner, and players are in full swing to get their hands on the prestigious Australian Open title. Currently, top players in men’s and women’s category are quarantining in Adelaide ahead of the main event’s commencement. While they are required to be in strict adherence with the COVID protocols, players are allowed to practice for few hours everyday.
One of those player is world no.2 Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, like others, is allowed to have one practice partner to prepare for the Australian Open 2021 and Rafa Nadal has chosen young Italian sensation Jannik Sinner. And former world no.7 Corrado Barazzutti has now stated that he believes that training with Nadal will do wonders for Sinner.
The 19-year old Italian is one of the brightest prospects in tennis. His quarterfinal run at Roland Garros 2021 brought him in the limelight. And, Corrado Barazzutti is also of the opinion that its not only Sinner who will benefit from training with Nadal but that the Spaniard can also pick up a tip or two from Jannik Sinner.
‘This experience will make him grow’ – Barazzutti on Jannik Sinner
Corrado Barazzutti recently sat down for an interview with Ubitennis, where he outlined his thoughts on Jannik Sinner and Rafael Nadal practicing together ahead of the Australian Open 2021. Barazzutti stated that, “Jannik Sinner will have the opportunity to train with Rafael Nadal in Australia and this experience will make him grow.” Barazzutti continued, “He will have to deal with the pressure.”
“Sinner reached the quarter final at Roland Garros. In a Grand Slam tournament what matters most is to be competitive for two weeks. Players need to be lucky with the draw,” he added.
‘Matteo has made a step forward in his career; Don’t rule Fabio Fognini out’ – Barazzutti
During the interview, Corrado Barazzutti went on to praise young Italian stars Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini. Barazzutti stated that he believes that Matteo Berrettini is tipped for great things provided he makes little improvements in his playing style. “Matteo has made a step forward in his career by joining the top 10. It’s important that he could train for the 2021 season without injuries. He needs to play many matches to find a good rhythm and the confidence. I hope that the calendar can help him. He is a relative newcomer and he has still room for improvement,” Barazzutti said.
The former Italian player acknowledged that Fabio Fognini has been through a lot of hardships, but that there is still room for him to make significant gains. “Don’t rule Fabio Fognini out. He underwent two surgeries and it was not easy to recover from that and return to his best shape. As he was trying to find a good rhythm by playing some matches on the Tour, he was tested positive for the Covid-19,” Barazzutti said. He continued to say, “First he has to return to his best shape. The first months will be difficult, but I am sure that he will return to his best level during the clay season.”