Jannik Sinner Joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Others in This Epic Achievement

Published 10/29/2021, 11:00 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 29, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


Jannik Sinner inspired the world with his exceptional tennis skills as a teenager last season. But this year, he proved that he is in this sport for the long haul. And now, he has debuted in the Top 10, becoming the 22nd youngest player to do so since 1973. Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray are some others who achieved this feat.

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Notably, the Italian sensation Jannik Sinner entered the ATP Top 10 at 20 years, one month, and 16 days. Besides, he has also lifted four ATP titles and collected 45 match wins in the 2021 season until now.

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Jannik Sinner joins Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, and Hewitt following sensational 2021 season

From the start of this year, Sinner has remained consistent on the men’s tour. Accordingly, he reached his first Masters 1000 final early in the season at Miami.

After that, the 20-year-old Italian did not stop at anything but continued improving and progressing. So far, his four titles of the 2021 season came in Melbourne, Washington, Sofia, and Antwerp.

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy holds the championship trophy after his singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, after defeating fourth seed Casper Ruud in Vienna Open, Sinner confirmed his place in the Top 10. Although he has remained unbothered about the rankings, he might be glad to join the club with Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.

In addition, the Italian star has also booked the eighth and last qualification seat in the Race to the ATP Finals with his recent win. However, the battle to make it to Turin is still far from over.

Hence, Sinner will be looking forward to continuing on his winning ways on the ATP Tour. Consequently, he could also become one of the youngest players to qualify for the season-ending finale.

Who will Sinner play next in the Vienna Open?

Currently, Sinner is on a seven-match winning streak and two matches away from a second consecutive title. For this, he will face American Frances Tiafoe in the Vienna Open 2021 semifinals.

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 29, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his quarter final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Earlier, Tiafoe defeated World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas for the second time this year. However, he maintains a 0-2 record against Sinner on the ATP Tour.

Therefore, as the Italian will look to closing in on his ATP Finals 2021 qualification, his opponent will hope to get off the mark in their head-to-head battles. Indeed, a perfect recipe for a popcorn encounter.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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