Novak Djokovic: Jannik Sinner has ‘got all the goods’ to be a champion

Italian teenager reached his first Masters final earlier this month and could face Djokovic for the first time in Monte Carlo this week

Sudipto Ganguly
Monday 12 April 2021 11:28
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Jannik Sinner in action in Miami
Jannik Sinner in action in Miami

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has picked out Jannik Sinner as a future champion, saying the Italian teenager has the physical and mental qualities to reach the highest level in tennis.

Sinner, 19, holds a career-best ranking of 22 and reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final earlier this month at the Miami Open.

Sinner could take on Djokovic for the first time if he defeats Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round of this week’s Monte Carlo Masters.

“I have seen his development, his trajectory, his road to where he is at the moment,” said Djokovic, who has an opening-round bye at the ATP Masters event on clay.

“It’s really impressive. He’s a very, very nice person. He’s working really hard. He’s devoted. He’s got all the goods that he needs in order to become a champion.

“He’s surrounded with very good people from tennis coach, fitness coach, physio. I know all these people from a long time [...] He’s in good hands.”

Sinner reached his maiden major quarter-final at the 2020 French Open and in February became the youngest man since Djokovic in 2006 to win two ATP titles.

Serb Djokovic, the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, said Sinner had already shown a high level of consistency.

“There is a lot of the achievements that I’m sure he wants to achieve in his career as he’s pointing out. He’s very ambitious,” the 33-year-old said.

“It seems like he’s not satisfied with what he has achieved so far. He wants to do more, which is great to see there’s the hunger in him.”

Djokovic has not played since his record-extending ninth Australian Open title in Melbourne in February but does not feel undercooked for the start of his claycourt swing.

“I feel physically prepared. Mentally I missed tennis the last couple months that I haven’t been competing,” he said.

Reuters

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