During this 2020 Jannik Sinner has taken away several satisfactions, from the first title to some successes with tennis players in the Top 10 of the ATP Ranking. An exponential growth that makes the 19 year old from San Candido one of the greatest and youngest talents in Italian tennis.
Jannik Sinner has been in the spotlight for a week, since winning the ATP 250 tournament in Sofia. His first career seal in the top professional circuit has significantly increased the notoriety of the Italian tennis player, who entered the top-40 of the international ranking by force and is now on the launching pad to explode even more in 2021.
The South Tyrolean has a huge talent and can undoubtedly reach great goals, this year he has pushed himself to the quarter-finals of Roland Garros and the goal is to grow further in the coming years, also because age is all on his side.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are among those who have touted Jannik Sinner as a potential top player. The Italian teenager won his first ATP title at the Sofia Open earlier this month.
Nadal and Djokovic among those who have heaped praise on Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner ended the year as World No.
37, earning praise for his game as well as his maturity on the court, and he acknowledged as much during a recent interaction. "The compliments and praise are nice but I still have to prove everything. I have only won one ATP tournament so far, there is still a long way to go and a lot of work," Sinner said on the show "Che tempo che fa" while answering a question from host Fabio Fazio who listed champions such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and John McEnroe predicting a great future for him.
Jannik Sinner also spoke about the work he had done during the lockdown when the tour was suspended for five months, and his plans for the start of the new season. "Without lockdown, would I have been ahead of 37th place in the ranking? Maybe yes, but maybe no.
During the lockdown I did a lot of athletic work and then also a lot of tennis and so I was able to improve myself," Jannik Sinner said. "Now I'm preparing for next season, I'm training for the Australian Open, but the dates are not yet known."
From the 'Big 3' of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the Spaniard is the only one to have played Sinner so far. The two met in the quarterfinals of the French Open, with Rafael Nadal scoring a 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 win.
“Sinner is a very, very young talent with a lot of power, great shots. For two sets it was tough, especially at the end of that first set. I was lucky to be back from 5-6, having to break him back. The conditions here were a little bit difficult because he was hitting every ball very hard,” Nadal said.
“I definitely see a lot of quality in the young players. But Jannik Sinner is one to watch. (Sinner) possesses a game that is powerful and is with a lot of quality, and you can say he has the potential to be a top player of the world,” Djokovic said.