Jannik Sinner Feels Next-Gen Are ‘Not Ready Yet’ To Win Against Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Published 04/05/2021, 3:39 AM EDT
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Italian teenage star Jannik Sinner was competing in Miami at the season’s first ATP Masters 1000 event. Unfortunately, he failed to capitalize on this opportunity and lost in the final. However, another upcoming talent from Poland, Hubert Hurkacz, emerged victorious and claimed his first ATP Masters 1000 title. After the match, Jannik Sinner reflected that the next-generation of players were not ready yet to take the mantle from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

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The Italian player felt that the younger players have produced upsets against the big three but have not been consistent in their performances. 

Apr 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland (L) shakes hands with Jannik Sinner of Italy (R) after their match in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 Miami Open finalist shared his thoughts and said, “The next generation still has to show that they can beat the big three, you know, because obviously maybe they lose one or two matches, but the next generation that what I see is not ready yet to win against them consistently.”

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Sinner thinks the next-gen will soon produce results against Roger Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal

On the brighter side, Sinner feels it’s just a matter of time before the next generation starts producing successful performances over the likes of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. While Sinner couldn’t provide an exact time frame for this happening, he said that the moment could arrive in about two or five years. 

Reflecting on the future, Jannik stated, “So obviously it’s good to see the new generation what’s coming after them because at some point there will be the moment. I don’t know when. It can be two years or five years, I don’t know. But the moment will come, and then after is going to be other players.”

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The big three gave the Miami Open a miss this season

The big three decided to skip the event in Miami this year. Therefore, it gave a chance for the younger lot of players to seize on the opportunity. During the tournament, Sinner beat Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov in close-fought encounters. 

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On the other side, the champion Hubert Hurkacz registered impressive wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev before claiming the title against the Italian rising star. 

As the hard court season ends for the first half of the season, the focus now shifts to the clay-court events. Rafa and Novak have confirmed their presence at the Monte Carlo Masters later this month. However, Roger Federer will compete at the events soon after. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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