Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner are among the young generation that has taken notable titles away from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The more experienced German is the three-time Masters 1000 champion and the ATP Finals winner, securing his spot in the top-10 almost four years ago and staying there ever since.
Zverev is certain that Jannik Sinner will join him there very soon, praising the Italian's game, talent and hard-working character. Of course, Alexander knows that Jannik has to score some significant victories and defeats en route to the top, explaining that every great player had to pass that path at his age.
Sinner has left behind over 500 rivals on the ATP ranking list in the last two years, improving his game constantly and forging his way into the top-20 before the 20th birthday, just like Zverev did in 2016.
Alexander Zverev believes that Jannik Sinner will crack the top-10 soon.
Jannik claimed three Challenger titles in 2019, alongside the ATP Next Gen Finals crown and the first ATP semi-final.
Last year, he reached the first Major quarter-final on debut at Roland Garros, playing well against Rafael Nadal in sets one and two before falling 3-0. Jannik sealed the season with the first ATP title in Sofia, becoming the Tour's youngest champion since Kei Nishikori in 2008.
A teenager claimed another crown at the beginning of 2021 and reached the first Masters 1000 final in Miami, losing to Hubert Hurkacz but earning enough points to find himself in the top-20 after Monte Carlo. Zverev and Sinner should have been the top seeds in Munich this week, but the Italian had to withdraw after advancing into the last four in Barcelona this weekend.
"I have always thought that Jannik would be the youngster to beat soon; he is improving very fast. At his age, at 19 or 20, you can play without pressure and some high goals. That makes you feel good when you are on the court.
If he gets everything right, we will welcome Jannik in the top-10 soon. He is very talented, and his progress is quick and constant. Every time I see him, I have a feeling he has grown more. Jannik will lose some matches that he should have won, but he will overcome that as a part of the process.
All great players had to pass that phase, and it happened to me in 2019. I have great respect for Jannik and his game," Alexander Zverev said.