Sinner shares why ranking isn't everything: "The goal is being a better player"

At the Indian Wells media day, the young Italian champion spoke about his climb up the rankings and what motivates him

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Sinner shares why ranking isn't everything: "The goal is being a better player"
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Jannik Sinner will have a great chance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells: to become the ATP No.2 for the first time in his career.

During the media day on the eve of the tournament, the Italian champion explained how this goal motivates him, but the goal for him always remains to become a better player.

"I think tennis is a beautiful sport because it always allows you to set new goals. No matter what title you win, the following week represents a good opportunity to do something great again. In my mind I know there are important points up for grabs to have a better ranking.

This type of motivation pushes me even more, but my goal remains to become a better player week after week. Regardless of the results, we work for this and hope to give 100% in every aspect," analyzed Jannik.

The 22-year-old also returned to talk about the epic victory obtained at the Australian Open, and he did so by once again showing the mentality of a true champion.

"It didn't take me long to reset. I had to do a couple of things in Rome, but while I was there I immediately went back to the gym to work. I think and always believe that you live for moments. It was a positive and special moment.

But then afterwards you have to do it all over again: wake up in the morning and work again. Maybe I have a slightly different point of view on how to celebrate this kind of thing. Obviously, we had fun for a day," he told.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport

There are many motivations that will fuel Sinner's spirit at the BNP Paribas Open. As mentioned, he has the possibility of becoming the only Italian in history to reach the 2nd position in the ATP world ranking.

For the Italian, from this point of view, it will be fundamental to achieve at least the same result as Carlos Alcaraz, his direct rival. Sinner, however, does not want to make calculations. Destiny is in his hands and he will only think about winning game after game.

The second important goal to be achieved concerns the streak of consecutive victories, inaugurated at the Davis Cup Finals last November. Fifteen successes in a row for him. The latest defeat came at the Nitto ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic.

Sinner's journey at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells will begin with an interesting match against Thanasi Kokkinakis, a player he has defeated three times out of three, losing just one set.

And Filippo Volandri believes that Sinner's generation has swept away the Middle Gen

At the Tennis Talk, the new SuperTennis program, Filippo Volandri, captain of the Davis Cup Italian team, expressed some interesting considerations on the Next Gen, led by Sinner and Alcaraz, which is sweeping away the Middle Generation.

"There was talk of that middle generation that was a little crushed by the hegemony of the Big 3 and the arrival of Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner. We are talking about tennis players of the caliber of Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Paolo Lorenzi also talked about it and I have to agree with him. It's absolutely true: it was crushed by the arrival of the young and old who have driven tennis for so many years," Volandri analyzed.

There has often been talk of the Middle Generation, the one that could experience a real sporting nightmare. This particular category, by definition, includes tennis players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Alexander Zverev, Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz and Taylor Fritz, all players born between 1996 and 1998.

The only one of these to have won a Slam and fought almost on equal terms with the best in the four Majors was Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has probably made that leap in quality that other peers have not yet managed to make.

It is no coincidence that even today Medvedev is considered one of the favorites in any tournament. Different story for Tsitsipas, Zverev and the others. The latter are certainly among the main protagonists of the Tour, but have disappointed expectations, for the moment, in the Slams, wasting their opportunities.

This generation, which had to deal with the Big 3, now finds itself grappling with a truly strong Next Gen. The two major exponents can only be Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.

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