Jannik Sinner underlines Darren Cahill’s key contribution to his sensational growth

Jannik Sinner in action

Jannik Sinner continued his rise at the Davis Cup over the weekend as he led Italy to the title and afterwards he admitted that adding Darren Cahill to his coaching set-up has been crucial to his development.

Tipped for stardom from a young age, Sinner took his game up a few levels this year as he won four titles – including his maiden ATP Masters 1000 trophy at the Canadian Open – while he also finished runner-up at the ATP Finals and ended the year at career-high No 4 in the ATP Rankings.

The 22-year-old also claimed some big scalps during the 2023 campaign as he beat Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz when they were both world No 1 while he steered Italy to their first Davis Cup title since 1976.

Sinner’s impressive form has coincided with the arrival of Cahill as the Australian joined his team late last year.

And while Cahill has no doubt brought a wealth of knowledge and experience, the one area that Sinner feels he has contributed most was the mental side of things.

“I think he was really important for me, for how I was growing as a player, because I feel like he gave me a lot of confidence in one way,” he said. “Obviously gave something new to the team. Mostly I think the combination with him and with Simone [Vagnozzi] and with all the whole team is really, really nice.

“I think this was key [for me]. I think every team has its own kind of stability. I have mine. I think we have worked really, really well.”

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Sinner also paid tribute to his team-mates Lorenzo Musetti, Matteo Arnaldi, Lorenzo Sonego and Simone Bolelli as they all managed to “stand up” and be counted when it mattered most.

Italy defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the quarter-final and followed it up with another 2-1 win over Serbia as Sinner won his singles clash against Djokovic before teaming up with Sonego to defeat Djokovic and Miomir Kecmanovic in the doubles.

The crowning moment came on Sunday as Sinner and Arnaldi claimed singles wins to steer Italy to the title.

“Obviously I love to play indoors. The last tournaments of the year are usually always indoors,” Sinner added.

“I think I felt quite good today. Not only today but in the last month. This is a really important win for me and for the whole team and Italy together.

“We felt the pressure. We had a lot of responsibility. But still we managed. We stand up for it. We were excited. Obviously, everyone is really happy about the end result.”

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