Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner has acknowledged that he is not putting too much pressure on himself to do great things at the age of 20. Sinner, who is one of the most talented and promising players on the Tour, hopes to become a great player at the age of 23 or 24.
Sinner has already accomplished some pretty notable things at such a young age, having won three ATP titles and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world. Many believe that Sinner will one day become a Grand Slam champion and world No.
1 but he doesn't want to compare himself to 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Instead, Sinner is comparing his results at this age to some other players. "The goal is to become a great player at 23-24 years old.
With my team we always take as a reference a player who has had a similar season to mine when he was my age, year up, year down. We never try to compare ourselves to Rafa Nadal," Sinner told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Sinner ready for the US Open
Sinner, ranked at No.
16 in the world, is set to start his US Open campaign against Max Purcell. "My mentality is to win all the tournaments I play, but I also know that there will be bad days, so I never stop smiling," Sinner noted.
Sinner won't have a chance to face Nadal at the US Open as the Spaniard ended his season due to a foot injury. "Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time.
After having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well," Nadal said in a statement.