A meeting without thinking about it too much. Tennis is the devil’s sport and the ways to maximize performance are different. Different ways, but one goal: to win games.
He knows something about it Luca Nardi, fresh from a 2021 between ups and downs, but able to rearrange ideas and put their pieces back together. The young man from the Marches, born in 2003, won his second Challenger of the season in Lugano, defeating the Swiss Leandro Riedi 4-6 6-2 6-3.
A feedback that has projected it 231 of the ATP ranking, following up on what he had already done in Forlì last January. A player with very interesting characteristics to whom the ball flows in a particular way and from all-court tennis, as they say in the jargon. To get to know him better and understand his aspirations and goals, we had the pleasure of interviewing him.
Tennis: Luca Nardi wins the Lugano Challenger, the second in his career
Luca, how are you first of all?
“Well, in confidence“.
Are these the effects of the Lugano victory I guess?
“Absolutely yes. An important success because in the tournament there were qualified tennis players, with experience in the major circuit behind them. Therefore, I come out of it with greater self-confidence and excellent sensations“.
We know the life, death and miracles of Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti, etc. But what player is Luca Nardi?
“I define myself as a tennis player who loves to play all-court. I am among those who like to change the cards on the table to put my opponent in difficulty, varying the speed of the shots and, if possible, come and get my point at the net.“.
A complete game like that of Carlos Alcaraz. What do you think of Spanish?
“I think he’s a phenomenon and he’s on another planet right now. He is my age, but he has such tennis that I think he will reach the top of the world rankings very soon. Everyone has his own path, I mine. Maybe I’ll never get to the level of him, but we’ll see how far I can push myself“.
And do you aspire to that goal?
“Honestly, I prefer not to say it because only a few manage to go that far. I would essentially like to play a Grand Slam tournament and do my best. It’s easy to say: ‘I want to win a Major’. I think it’s better to work, train and then see where you are“.
Humility and desire to do, then, and now what are the next programs?
“I will play the Challenger of Barletta, then I will go to Croatia, competing in tournaments on clay to further climb the rankings. I have no particular goals. As I have already said, I try to do my utmost and then what comes is the logical consequence“.
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