“Guy’s a Big Big Deal”: Andy Roddick Makes Bold Predictions for Jannik Sinner

Published 01/09/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Italy’s Jannik Sinner celebrates with a trophy after winning the final REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

2020 saw the introduction of 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner to the tennis world. To date, he is the youngest Top 100 player in the ATP Rankings at Number 37. Recently, former American player Andy Roddick opened up on the measures of his talent and success.


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After being the 2019 Next-Gen Finals champion, Sinner won his maiden ATP title last year. However, more than the titles, he drew the attention of everyone in his first Grand Slam appearances.

Despite losing in the first round at the US Open, Sinner put on a great battle against Russia’s Karen Khachanov. Standing tall until the 5 set, the world witnessed the potential of the Italian.


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At the French Open 2020, he entered his first quarterfinals, defeating Germany’s Alexander Zverev. Unfortunately, he faced the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal, in the next round.

Although he only took home the Sofia Open title, Sinner won the admiration of millions. And one of those is the 2003 US Open champion, Andy Roddick.

PARIS, FRANCE October 06. Winner Rafael Nadal of Spain is congratulated by Jannik Sinner of Italy at the net after the Quarter Final match of the singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on October 6th, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Roddick talks about the promising Jannik Sinner

While Andy scales Sinner as the future great, he explains the Italian’s only downside of 2021. To elaborate on that matter, the American took the case of his first round in New York.

“He was a better player,” the American explained. “He was hitting a bigger ball than someone who’s kind of a physical specimen and his body just gave out.”

The former World No. 1 believes that once out of his awkward lanky phase, Jannik will better Sweden’s Robin Soderling. Further ahead, Andy explained the Italian’s strengths.

“He is able to create the amount of speed and pace off of both wings,” Roddick said. “He has knockout power on both sides with half the body.”


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Andy Roddick explains the future of Sinner

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Andy Roddick of USA pose for photographers after the men’s singles final match against on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2009, in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Being the youngest ATP title winner since Kei Nishikori, the American is certain that Sinner will win many major tournaments in the future.

The 38-year-old remarked, “This guy’s a big, big deal. When you see people that go on to win Slams later in their career, there are winning tournaments at 18 or 19 years old.”

As a professional player for many years, Roddick knows how to become the best in the world. He also stresses that the Italian is on the right path.

“The biggest thing for me is, he goes out and wins matches that he is expected to win. That’s how you make a career,” Andy concluded.

The Italian will start his 2021 at the Australian Open in February. He is going to train with the 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal during the quarantine. Fans will hope that he can build on his showing in 2020.


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