At 19 years-old Jannik Sinner has numbers of crazy precocity. The Italian entered the record book in front of a tennis legend like Roger Federer. It was in fact on February 4th 2001 when a very young Roger won his first title in a hard-fought match against Frenchman Julien Boutter with the result of 6-4 6-7 (7) 6-4.
On that occasion there was a few days left and Federer turned exactly 19 years and 6 months and Jannik was even faster than the Swiss Maestro Different story for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who were even faster than Sinner.
The world of tennis in this 2020 has stood still for almost six months and who knows if Sinner could even anticipate these crazy numbers. November 14, 2020 could have been an incredibly important date for the world of men´s tennis: just when Jannik Sinner defeated the Canadian Vasek Pospisil and conquered the ATP 250 in Sofia, his first career tournament.
But all this came out in the light of two years of constant improvements, under the wise guidance and management of Riccardo Piatti. The victory at the ATP next Gen Finals 2019 and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros 2020, where he lost in three sets against the eventual champion Rafael Nadal, putt Jannik Sinner´s 2021: the Italian ready to emulate Roger Federering the Spaniard in difficulty especially in the first two sets.
That was perhaps the most difficult match for Rafa, during the Parisian fortnight that earned him his 20th Grand Slam.
Jannik Sinner´s 2021: the Italian ready to emulate Roger Federer
Sinner has clean and precise geometries, a fast and powerful tennis, modern, but also capable of breaking the rhythm of the opponent.
A good dose of physique (being structured), talent and mental strength. An incredible aspect for a young tennis player, especially for what we have seen after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, with the new generation struggling to take the legacy of these champions.
Rivers of words have been spent for all the younger tennis players of recent years: most of all Jannik Sinner seems to have the qualities to be the new star after the Big Three. The Italian looks like one that can handle pressure and tension.
His words after the triumph in Sofia are emblematic: "It is always special when a tennis player wins a tournament, this week I felt good and it was all special. Playing finals like these, winning 7-6 in the third is always tough.
But then if you win, I think it´s better to win like that rather than 6-16-1. I am happy with how the match went, I tried to stay there on every point and it was a special day. I thank the team that supports me on and off the pitch, I am happy to share this success with all of you and with them.
Congratulations also to Vasek, I know that today is really tough for you, I hope I can play more great matches like this against you and I wish you the best. Today was a really tough match, it´s nice to win my first title in the same week I won the Next Gen Atp Finals last year.
The camp this week was crazy and I am really very satisfied." Humility, talent and desire to win: if this is not a winning mix ...