Goran Ivanisevic: 'Jannik Sinner is the real deal and probably a future No. 1'



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Goran Ivanisevic: 'Jannik Sinner is the real deal and probably a future No. 1'

Former world no. 2 and 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is another supporter of Jannik Sinner's game, calling the young Italian a future top-5 player. Ivanisevic believes Sinner has all the necessary elements in his game to become even world no.

1 one day, impressed by his progress in 2019. Sinner was among the youngsters to watch last year, achieving numerous milestones for the 2001 generation and finishing the year inside the top-80, as only the fifth U18 player since 2000!

Picking tennis over skiing a couple of years ago, Jannik didn't need a lot to show his immense talent, making a pro debut in 2018 and reaching the first Futures final that season. Setting even higher goals for 2019, the aggressive competitor claimed the first Challenger crown on an indoor court at home in Bergamo in February, dominating the final three encounters and introducing himself to our sport in the best way!

It was the first Challenger crown for his generation, giving Jannik a massive boost that had carried him towards trophy at Trento Futures in the following week. Sinner secured another Futures title on clay to deliver 16 straight pro victories at such a young age, preparing for the ATP debut in Budapest as a qualifier.

The Italian notched his first ATP win in Hungary, making the Masters 1000 debut in Rome.

In front of the home fans, Jannik prevailed against Steve Johnson to become the first player of his generation to score a victory at the premium ATP level.

In July, Jannik clinched another Challenger title in Lexington and qualified for the US Open, losing to Stan Wawrinka in four sets in the first round to gather more experience on the most prominent tennis stage. Sinner secured the place in the top-100 after the semi-final run in Antwerp and one triumph at the ATP 500 event in Vienna, determined to verify the invitation for the Next Gen Finals in Milan.

Gathering boost from the home crowd, Jannik ousted the better-ranked and more experienced rivals to become the third champion of this tournament after Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas, rounding up the season with the third Challenger title a week later in Ortisei.

The youngster couldn't find the rhythm at the beginning of 2020, suffering early losses in the opening four events but having a chance to practice with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. Jannik was the quarter-finalist in Rotterdam, playing his last tournament before the coronavirus outbreak in Indian Wells challenger and waiting for the season to restart later this month.