Corretja 'sees' Sinner as a future ATP No.1: "And he's ready to win the Slams"

The former Spanish tennis player analyzed the growth of Italian talent

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Corretja 'sees' Sinner as a future ATP No.1: "And he's ready to win the Slams"
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In a recent interview given to Eurosport, the former Spanish tennis player Alex Corretja talked about the future of the young Italian talent Jannik Sinner. He explained how the future of the ATP world No.4 is bright, highlighting how Sinner is close to winning a Slam and becoming No.1 of the ATP ranking.

"Until a few months ago, it seemed that Carlos Alcaraz was the only one capable of beating Djokovic. Today, however, people think that Sinner is also there. And that soon Holger Rune will also be there. Sinner is taking the right path.

He improved his game a lot. He has added variations that he will need to be ready to win a Slam. He plays more often at the net, he has learned to play drop. To win a Slam you have to be able to do something different," said the winner of the 1998 ATP Finals.

Alexa Corretja 'sees' Sinner as a future ATP No.1

Corretja then added about Sinner's improvements: "It must have been very emotional to play the ATP Finals as a true national hero, and have the whole crowd on your side.

He had a great tournament, beat Djokovic, then lost to him in the final, but I think it was the most difficult match of his career. A few days later he triumphed in the Davis Cup, a success that gave him a lot of confidence.

I believe he can become strong on all surfaces and become number one in the world. It's a natural thing when a player is able to accumulate points every week, in every tournament." Finally, he underlined Jannik's great professionalism during the 2023 ATP Finals.

"He played for himself. He didn't think about the consequences of a victory or a defeat. These are normal things for a boy of his age. The calculations are made later, when he is at another point in his career. He was a great example of professionalism, focusing only on himself and not on his opponents.

I believe he was aware of the fact and at peace with himself. Doing something that goes against your nature is sometimes counterproductive. He made the right choice. When you play, you do it to win. Without thinking about what might happen in the future," he analyzed.