Jannik Sinner says it doesn’t bother him when people expect great things of him, because he will always put more pressure on himself than anyone else can.
Sinner is one of the brightest young talents in tennis, and has already climbed into the top 35 despite still being just 19-years-old.
Toni Nadal, among many others, have said they fully expect Sinner to be a future world number one and win multiple majors. He, though, is just focusing on himself and learning right now.
“Everyone expects me to win a Grand Slam but it doesn’t worry me,” Sinner told Tennis Italiano.
“I’m still 19, the road is long and the biggest pressure I feel is what I put on myself.
“Before you can win big tournaments, you have to lose big games.
“It hurts you but it helps to grow. As against [Denis] Shapovalov at the Australian Open, I had a hard time accepting it but I talked to my team.
“Our job is to win, but when you are young, it is also important to lose.”
Sinner is widely tipped to be the most likely of the ATP’s young stars to build a genuine legacy for himself in the coming years.
Right now he has the formidable forces of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer ahead of him, which will make it harder for him to win majors for now.
However, he doesn’t consider himself even remotely unfortunate to be overlapping eras with them. Far from it.
“I consider myself lucky to play in the era of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer,” Sinner said.
“The match with Nadal at Roland Garros was very important to me, as was training with him in Melbourne. Not just for my career but as a life experience. I will never forget it.”
“I need another two or three years to understand things better on and off the court.
“I want to stay relaxed because the goal is to play for another 20 years. I started at 18 and therefore I want to play up to 38.”
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