Sinner would develop into the primary Italian participant to achieve an Australian Open singles’ ultimate if he can obtain his finest ever Grand Slam outcome at Melbourne Park this fortnight.
Italy’s rising star Sinner, who led his nation to the Davis Cup title in November, made a strong begin to his marketing campaign and took the primary two units with a single break of serve.
He discovered himself behind within the third as world quantity 59 Van de Zandschulp survived 4 break factors earlier than taking his first for a 2-0 lead.
However Sinner responded emphatically, successful six of the next seven video games to shut out a snug victory on the opening day and arrange a second-round assembly with Argentine Pedro Cachin or Dutch qualifier Jesper de Jong.
“My first match of the season and it means quite a bit to begin off with a win,” mentioned Sinner, who was cheered on by the ‘Carota Boys’ – his followers who attend his matches dressed as carrots after seeing him eat one throughout a match in Vienna in 2019.
“Bodily, I really feel good in good condition, the primary spherical isn’t simple so I might be pleased with right now.”
On the backing he receives from his loyal supporters, he added: “It feels good. I used to be not anticipating them to come back right here, but it surely’s good to see them within the stands.
“Clearly, we have now made some nice recollections collectively, with all of the assist they offer me. They’re getting extra well-known than I’m slowly.
“Possibly this assist offers me in the important thing moments this further perception perhaps. Who is aware of? Let’s examine the way it goes right here. However I am blissful that they’re right here.”