'Novak Djokovic needs benchmarks to find...', says former Top 5
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 5103
Thanks to the victory over Casper Ruud and thus access to the ATP semi-finals of the 500 tournament in Vienna, Jannik Sinner not only achieved an important result, also earning the opportunity to approach the Atp Finals at the end of the year (in case of victory over Tiafoe this possibility would be even more concrete), but achieved a prestigious result.
From Monday 1 November Sinner will be in the Top Ten of the world rankings: the blue reaches his compatriot Matteo Berrettini and at 20 years, 2 months and 16 days, he once again shows incredible numbers of precocity in his already important career.
Sinner has been achieving incredible growth in recent months, he is now almost at a consolidated level a top when it comes to playing Indoor and what is frightening are his growth margins, think for example of factors such as service or network.
The blue becomes number 9 in the world at just 20 years and two months and the whole world is noticing the birth of a potential star. Comparing him to the tennis legends we can see how Jannik is lagging behind in this statistic to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both of whom entered the Top Ten before the age of 20, but is ahead of a historical tennis legend of the caliber of Roger Federer.
The Swiss champion, winner of as many as 20 Grand Slam titles, won the Top Ten not very quickly and although after he reached and destroyed most of the records, he entered the Top Ten at 20 years and 9 months. In more or less recent times, Rafael Nadal was the most precocious: the Spaniard, thanks to the great results on earth, reached the Top Ten at only 18 years and 11 months while the number one in the world Novak Djokovic joined them at a very young age 19 years and 9 months.
Novak has been handed a tough draw
Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget believes public sentiment towards Novak Djokovic has been changing for the better in recent months. "Regarding Novak, I find that the sympathy for him is changing," Guy Forget said.
"It had happened especially in my time with Jimmy Connors but for the American it was at the end of his career and he was not at Nole's level. Novak is world number 1, he has won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, what he has achieved this year is amazing." The Frenchman believes the five-time champion has decided to take part in the Paris Masters to bolster his preparations for the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup.
“Of course we are delighted to have Novak with us," Forget added. "I think his choice is also linked to the fact that he will go to the Masters, and to the Davis Cup. To perform there, he needs benchmarks, to re-adjust, to find the target."