Djokovic lavished praise on the Italian in an interview with the media after the win over the Dutchman, noting that some aspects of the latter’s game were similar to his own.
Sinner has been outstanding at the All England Club this year, beating Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and most recently Carlos Alcalás in the fourth round.
The world number one believes that Sinner’s game has been steadily maturing.
“He’s matured a lot on the big stage. I don’t think he feels too much pressure on the big stage,” Novak Djokovic said of Sinner. “He’s very consistent. Every shot he takes in the game: serve, return, forehand, backhand. He’s constantly putting pressure on the opponent.”
Djokovic explained how Sinner’s game on the bottom line reminded him of his tactical approach. line, trying to put pressure on the opponent,” the Serb added.
“I know going into the game it’s always going to be a tough, challenging game against Thiem” – Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic turned his attention to Tim van Rietoven, who mentioned that he knew the game against the Dutchman would be challenging. The Serb thinks Riethoven is doing quite well on grass.
“I know going into the game it’s always going to be tough and challenging with Thiem, I’ve never met Thiem before,” Djokovic said. “I watched him play. He was on the grass. Played really well and he proved that today. [It] Played really well, especially the first two sets. “
Djokovic dropped the second set but stormed back to form in the third and fourth sets to quickly end the game. He revealed that after dropping the second set, he started to read the Dutchman’s passing better.
“But overall, I think I played really well and was solid in the backcourt,” Djokovic said. “I got into his serve rhythm and started to read his serve better in the third and fourth sets.”
“I’m really happy with the way I ended the game,” he added. “My serve rhythm was a little out of control towards the end of the game, but overall it was just a good game and a very challenging game for me on grass.”