Jannik Sinner’s Honest Reaction on Matching Agassi, Nadal and Djokovic’s Record at Miami Open 2021

Published 04/03/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Tennis – Great Ocean Road Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner reacts during his semi final match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Italian rising star Jannik Sinner is taking the tennis world by storm. He is currently competing at the Miami Open and has reached his first maiden Masters 1000 final. He knocked out Spanish tennis player, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the semifinal. The Italian was down a set but fought back his way and won the match. 

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In doing so, Jannik Sinner reached the final of the first Masters 1000 event of the season. He joined the elite group of Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, who have reached the finals in Miami as teenagers. However, the Italian player played down the excitement as he felt he had a long way to go to achieve greatness. 

2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Jannik Sinner is humbled to join the elite group

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Jannik stated, “Joining is feels great… I’m 19 and the road to have these big names is long. It’s not done in one week of the tournament. It is a long process to come there. It’s nice to play finals in Miami, but you know it doesn’t mean anything that you’re going to win the tournament.”

The 19-year-old found it incredible to be in the final in Miami but insisted that he still has to win the final. No matter the result tomorrow, he maintains that he will need to keep up the hard work.  

No matter the result, the hard work will go on for Sinner

The French Open quarterfinalist added, “The road is long, I know it, my team knows that. Obviously, it can be a great week for me. It is a great week for me, but the work has to go on. It’s nice, but it doesn’t mean anything.” 

Two of the game’s three legends, Andre and Novak, have won the tournament on six occasions. Unfortunately, Nadal has never won this event but has been a finalist five times in the past. 

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This year, the big three decided to skip the event. Their absence may have given the younger ones a chance to capitalize on the moment and go for the ultimate glory. 

Jannik will play against Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz in the final on Sunday. Whoever wins will be lifting his first title in Miami. 

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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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