Jannik Sinner Unbothered by Rankings as He Gets Closer to ATP Finals 2021 Qualification

Published 10/28/2021, 9:59 PM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Jannik Sinner (ITA) hits a shot during his second round match against John Millman (AUS) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


20-year-old Jannik Sinner has developed a knack for winning and has no plans of stopping on the ATP Tour. So far, he has won four ATP titles this season and earned a career-high World No.11 spot. But for him, overcoming the difficulties in every match remains far more important than the ranking number.

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Currently, Sinner is competing in the Vienna Open, where he extended his winning streak to six matches. Also, he defeated Reilly Opelka and Dennis Novak with the same scoreline: 6-4, 6-2. Following his latest win, he explained why the rise in rankings doesn’t matter and what does actually matter.

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Jannik Sinner on ATP Rankings and winning matches

Sinner is turning heads in every tournament with his powerful strokes and determination to win. What’s more impressive, he stated that his singular focus is on dealing with on-court challenges and “Ranking is just a number.”

“I don’t want to talk about the live ranking,” Sinner said. “Every match is difficult, today there wasn’t a lot of pace, and I felt a little slow on the pitch. Every day is different, but you always have to find a way to win: this matters.”

(All quotes are translated from Italian to English via Google Translate)

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after winning the 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

Considering his mindset, Sinner will be looking forward to attaining as many wins and qualifying for the ATP Finals. Interestingly, he is only one win away from entering the Top 8 in the race this week.

Most significantly, the 20-year-old Italian has always paid more attention to learning and improving. That is why, despite the success this season, he aims to build a notable career instead of celebrating early milestones.

Without a doubt, he is one of the most promising present and future talents of men’s tennis. 

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Who will Sinner play next in Vienna Open 2021?

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In the Vienna Open 2021, a blockbuster encounter is ready to ensue between the two breakthrough stars of this season. Both Sinner and Norwegian Casper Ruud will aim to book the semifinals seat in Austria.

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates during the 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

Unquestionably, it is one of those matches that ticks all the checklist of a high-quality tennis battle. And, fans will be excited to see the new generation giving all out on the court.

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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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