WATCH: Jannik Sinner in Sync With Roger Federer’s Interview From Yesteryears

Published 06/05/2021, 8:08 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Jannik Sinner has been turning heads since his emergence on the tour last year. He is still a teenager and echoes the same hype that once went with the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. In a recent interview, Sinner was asked similar questions to what Federer was asked when he was a teenager and the resemblance is uncanny.

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The first question dealt with their favorite surface and both Sinner and Federer named indoor hard courts as their favorite surfaces. “Indoor hard court,” Federer said. Whereas Sinner said, “For me, I like to play hard court indoors.”

Roger Federer reacts after losing his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Moreover, Federer called the tour physically and mentally hard where the margin of error was tiny. Whereas Sinner denied it being hard and is motivated to do a lot more now.

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“It is physically, first of all, mentally too. Every point counts here, not like juniors, you can leave a few points go away. But men’s tour you’re not allowed to,” Federer said.

“Well, ‘hard’, I don’t think so. It is what I love to do, you know. Being here, this is always what I wanted to do. At the point when I decided to play tennis. I am very looking forward to hopefully playing many many years in the circuit,” Sinner said.

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Jannik Sinner and Roger Federer on ‘enjoying’ tennis

Jannik Sinner celebrates winning his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Albert Gea

Federer and Sinner were again in sync as they mentioned the important thing about tennis. They both enjoy matches and wanted to play big and high-stakes matches.

“I do enjoy the game a lot. I like to play tennis, I like too, the matches. Because I’m a real match player,” Federer said.

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“For me, the most important thing is to enjoy. I think it’s just nice that you have the chance to play on big courts against big opponents. I’m just enjoying playing tennis,” Sinner said.

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At French Open 2021, Sinner finds himself in the same half as Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. He is slated to play Nadal in the fourth round if they both win their respective third-round matches. Let’s see if Sinner can navigate the tough draw and pull some surprises.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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