Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner, 18, reveals his dream is to beat record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. Federer, a record eight-time Wimbledon champion, fell just short of winning it all at The All England Club last year as world No.
1 Novak Djokovic saved two consecutive championship points to claim the title. Sinner, ranked at No. 73 in the world, was aiming to make his Wimbledon main draw debut last year but he fell short in his attempt after losing in the first round of the qualifying event.
Sinner, who won last year's Next Gen ATP Finals event, drew lots of positive attention to his name last year and many believe he has the potential to win a Grand Slam and become a future world No .1. "I know I'm only 18 but I like to play," Sinner said, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"The more I play, the more I like it. My goal is to win the US Open but I also have the dream of beating Roger Federer on the Center Court at Wimbledon."
Sinner hopes Federer makes a comeback
Last month, world No.
4 Federer underwent a second arthroscopic knee surgery and his focus has turned to getting fully healthy for the next season. "A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee,” Federer said.
"Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level. “I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but, I will look forward to see everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season”.
Reflecting on Federer undergoing a season-ending surgery, Sinner said: "I hope he will play again next season." Federer, who will turn 39 years next month, hopes he will make a full recovery from the surgery and contend for the biggest title in 2021.
Federer underwent a season-ending knee surgery in 2016 and the following season made it all the way at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Federer played only one tournament this year before the season was suspended as he made the semifinal at the Australian Open.