“It’s a bit of a tradition for French players to play well in Australia and I want to keep it going,” said Sidorenko. “I feel very proud to have a chance to join them. I played a final last week at the warm-up tournament at Nottinghill and I was a little nervous, so I hope to learn from that. I have to take the final like it’s a first or a second round match. I have to try to play my game and see what happens.”
For the second day in succession Melbourne Park was hit by a deluge which forced junior singles matches onto the indoor courts but Sidorenko didn’t seem to mind, in fact he said he was delighted to find himself back inside. “Once again I’m very happy about the rain helping me again. I wasn’t playing well in the first set, I was losing in my match and then it rained and we stopped, then we went indoors and I played better,” said Sidorenko. “I will be watching the weather forecast tonight because I hope it rains tomorrow. It’s become like a talisman for me. Maybe I’ll do a rain dance like a Red Indian!
If it rains again I might think it’s my destiny to win.”