“Road Is Long”: Jannik Sinner Reveals What It Takes To Beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 04/19/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his second round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


It’s been two decades since the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic starting carrying tennis forward. These supremely talented players are truly once-in-a-generation greats. All three of them display a different style of play, each having its own specialty. Even during their twilight phases, they still continue to dominate. Recently, Italian rising star Jannik Sinner voiced his opinion on the greatness of the big three. He noticed that these guys have worked very hard to reach where they are now. The youngster went on to praise and termed them as the greatest players in the history of tennis. 

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Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy waves to the crowd after his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking on the big three, the 19-year-old stated, “Novak, Rafa, and Roger are something special, they are the best players of our sport in history… There’s a lot of work to do when you play against them. I had the chance to face Rafa in Roland Garros, Novak in Monte Carlo. So the road is long to actually beat them.”

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Jannik Sinner has competed against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

The Italian player competed against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo last week. Although he engaged in intense rallies against the Serb, he lost the match in straight sets. Last season, although he lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal at Roland Garros, he showcased encouraging signs of what to expect in the future. 

Jannik came to the grand stage last year. Therefore, he has not faced Roger Federer as yet. The Swiss ace was out of action for over a year due to multiple knee surgeries, which forced him to remain on the sidelines. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Speaking of the current season, Sinner won his first title at one of the six ATP events in Melbourne prior to the Australian Open. Later, he lost in the first round at the Australian Open after being handed a tough draw, losing to Denis Shapovalov. He was also the finalist at the Miami Open, which was his third ATP tournament. It will be interesting to see how he fairs on the clay-court events.

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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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