In February 2018, the 16-year-old Jannik Sinner made his first appearance on the ATP rankings list. Three years later, a super talented Italian has cracked the top-20, completing an incredible journey and leaving many older and more experienced players behind him!
On Monday, Jannik became the 27th youngest top-20 player since 1973 and the tenth-youngest since 2000, following Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Richard Gasquet, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer!
A year after that first ATP point, Jannik was already ranked inside the top-400, making incredible progress in 2019 and cracking the top-100 in October following three Challenger titles, a Major debut and the first ATP semi-final.
Selecting a powerful team around him, Jannik had a chance to train with the world's leading players in the last couple of years and gather experience, always ready to try new things and improve his game. After a slow start of the previous season and the pandemic that halted his progress, Sinner reached the Roland Garros quarter-final on debut, playing brave tennis against Rafael Nadal and winning his first ATP title in Sofia a few weeks later.
Jannik became the youngest ATP champion since Kei Nishikori in 2008, gaining a boost ahead of 2021 and opened it with Rafael Nadal in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open.
Jannik Sinner became the tenth-youngest top-20 player since 2000.
In Melbourne, Sinner won the second consecutive ATP title before losing steam a bit, only to find it again at the Miami Open.
Playing on a high level, Jannik reached the final as the youngest player at that level since Novak Djokovic in 2007, falling to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets but doing enough to crack the top-20 after Monte Carlo and add another milestone to his already impressive tally.
"Things are happening quite fast at the moment. I have an excellent team behind me, and each member knows what they have to do, so that gives me confidence. Everyone has a lot of experience working with many players. I try to improve every day, which is my main goal, and the results will come.
I am happy with what I am doing. Being a champion is a long, long road, and it's still a long way away. I've made a good start, though, playing high-level tennis at 19. Still, I don't think about becoming a champion," Jannik Sinner said.