“Seems More Mature For His Age”: Novak Djokovic Reveals What Impresses Him the Most About Jannik Sinner

Published 04/15/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Italy’s Jannik Sinner after winning their second round match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Novak Djokovic got off to a great start at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. The World No. 1 player thrashed the in-form Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the second first round of the tournament. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 6-2.

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In the post-match interview, Novak Djokovic appreciated Jannik Sinner for his overall gameplay. He mentioned that the Italian is a really talented player. He also stated that even though he is just 19 at the moment, he has proved himself as a good tennis player on different platforms.

“I think he’s a very talented player. He has established already himself at I feel like high level of the men’s game, playing Masters finals, winning already a couple of tournaments, for his age,” said Djokovic.

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The Serbian legend also revealed the attribute which he liked the most about his recent opponent. He highlighted that it was his consistency that makes Sinner such an exceptional player at a very young age.

Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his second-round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“I think what impresses me the most is his professionalism, his dedication to the everyday routines that he has to endure in order to play at such a high level…For a young player like this, what we normally would see and expect is he got a couple of good weeks here and there, but the consistency is not there until the young player matures,” added the 17-time Grand Slam winner.

“Has a good mindset”- Novak Djokovic on Jannik Sinner

Djoker emphasized that Sinner is more mature for his age than most players. He feels that Sinner has a great mindset which helps him to play well on any surface.

“With him it’s different. He really has a good mindset. He seems more mature for his age than the rest of the guys with the way he’s playing and training…I think he has an all-around game. He can play equally well on all the surfaces, which he has proven,” concluded the World No. 1 player.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his second-round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Even though Djokovic was able to defeat the young talent easily, he must have liked his gameplay and approach. Sinner too would have learned a lot from Djoker and will hope to come back strong in the next tournaments.

Novak Djokovic is now in the pre-quarters of the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. The Serbian will next face Dan Evans there and will look forward to sealing his place in the quarters of the tournament. Will Djokovic be able to breach the fortress of Rafael Nadal and conquer Monte Carlo this year?

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