Jannik Sinner, 21, admits he is disappointed because he didn't get a chance to play Roger Federer. Federer, who turned 41 in August, retired from professional tennis at the Laver Cup. In his final tournament, Federer was accompanied by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
Sinner, who has been a regular participant of the main level events since 2020, never played Federer. But there is a big reason why Sinner never got to play Federer as the Swiss appeared in just a couple of events after the 2019 season.
"He's a player I've never played against. I watched his last match and it was very emotional. There were all the players with whom he shared his career, his coaches, his family. It was an emotional farewell, especially for him, but also for many people.
I would have liked to meet him at least once, it's a shame," Sinner told Ubitennis.
Sinner's tribute to Federer
"Thank you @rogerfederer. You’re an inspiration for us all. Good luck for everything ahead!" Sinner tweeted after Federer announced his retirement.
Sinner has had a chance to play against Djokovic and Nadal. Sinner's most recent match against a Big Three came at Wimbledon, where he met Djokovic in the quarterfinal. Sinner had a great chance to beat Djokovic, but the Serb impressively recovered to defeat the Italian 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2.
After some time passed and Sinner was asked to reflect on the Wimbledon defeat, he suggested Djokovic simply raised his level and that essentially turned the match. "I tried to look at the positive side. Nole had to raise the level to the maximum, otherwise, it would have ended differently.
I didn't think that I collapsed, but rather Djokovic entered another dimension. I'm maturing," Sinner said after the defeat. Sinner has set big expectations for himself as he is hoping to one day become a Grand Slam champion and the world No. 1.