Jannik Sinner: ‘I’m still far away from Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer’

Jannik Sinner says becoming a champion to rival the level of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer is ‘a long road.’

Sinner is widely regarded as the best young player in the world right now, and he is the only teenager in the world’s top 20 after a fine start to the year.

The Italian ace has been likened to world number one Novak Djokovic due to his powerful baseline game and clean hitting.

Sinner lost to Djokovic at Monte-Carlo last week, and he also lost to Nadal in the only match they have played too, at Roland Garros last year.

However, while he holds ambitions to reach their level one day, he says he now knows just how far away from them he currently is and how much work there is left to do.

“Being a champion is a long, long road. Still far away. Novak, Rafa and Roger, they’re something special,” Sinner told ATP Tennis TV.

“They’re the best players of our sport’s history. It all takes time. I think it’s a good start obviously, being 19 years old, playing on a very high level.

“But to be a champion, at the moment I don’t think about that because as I said: the road is long. There’s a lot of work to do when you play against them.

“I had now two chances – against Rafa in Roland Garros, Novak in Monte Carlo. So, the road is long to actually beat them, even if I can compete against them.”

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