Adriano Pannata: 'Jannik Sinner is a top-10 material'

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Adriano Pannata: 'Jannik Sinner is a top-10 material'

Like many others, the former Roland Garros champion Adriano Panatta recognizes his young compatriot Jannik Sinner's rich and vast talent. In Panatta's opinion, Jannik will have the opportunity to crack the top-10 this year if he remains healthy.

The main priority should remain on playing as many matches as possible and keeping a teenager away from big expectations at Majors, at least for a couple of more years. Panatta likes Jannik's maturity and the team he built around himself, feeling confident about his future.

Sinner finished the season behind us as the youngest top-100 player and the only teenager in the exclusive group! The San Candido native, who lives and trains in Monte Carlo, made an incredible journey in the previous two seasons, starting from outside the top-500 in 2019 and finding himself in the top-40 at the end of 2020!

Jannik became one of the youngest players with three Challenger titles in a season in 2019, cracked the top-100 in November and finished the year with a flourish after conquering the ATP Next Gen Finals at home in Milan.

The youngster made a slow start of 2020, reaching the quarter-final in Rotterdam and waiting for September to show his quality at the Rome Masters.

Adriano Pannta backs Jannik Sinner to crack the top-10 in 2021.

Finding his A-game, Jannik won 15 of the season's final 19 matches, settled into the top-40 and established himself as the one to watch in the future.

Jannik became the first player born in 2001 with a Major quarter-final in Paris, battling bravely against Rafael Nadal and showing his full potential. Carried by that momentum, the Italian claimed the first ATP title in Sofia at the end of the season, becoming the youngest ATP champion since Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach 2008 and gathering a boost ahead of 2021.

"Jannik has excellent qualities, and he could crack the top-10 this year. He proved to have what it takes to be a champion, beating Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Jannik built a great team around him, with people who know how to teach him and keep him on the right path.

Jannik reasons like he is 25 or 26, while he still has to grow physically. Riccardo Piatti is taking small steps with him, keeping Jannik away from big expectations in his early years on the Tour. Jannik's tennis is universal, and it works well on both hard and clay.

Still, he will lose some matches against the lower-ranked rivals; that always happens. For Jannik, it is essential to avoid injuries in the season ahead of us and play and many encounters as possible and gather experience," Adriano Panatta said.