‘Jannik Sinner is the next Novak Djokovic, but with the ball speed of the future’ says training partner

Long time training partner of Jannik Sinner, Thomas Fabbiano believes that the young Italian is the next Novak Djokovic but with the ball speed of the future.

Fabbiano, a regular on the ATP Challenger Tour and former world number 70, says even as a 17-year-old, Sinner was able to power past opponents and says the sky is the limit when it comes to his potential.

Sinner has made a big impact at the Miami Open, being only the fourth teenager to ever reach the final of the 1000 Masters event. The others being Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.

Although losing the final to Polish number one Hubert Hurkacz, Sinner has received nothing but praise and plaudits for his performances, particularly from defeated opponents Alexander Bublik who joked his was ‘not human’ and Roberto Bautista Agut who said he was ‘something special.’

Now Fabbiano has echoed this praise saying Sinner’s talent is clear for all to see.

“I didn’t expect him to be able to make such a fast climb but I imagined he had all the cards to become a top level player,” said Fabbiano.

“In 2018 I did the winter training in Bordighera with him and one day we did a training set: I won 6-4, but I was winning because I had fought so hard with a 17 year old boy. A few months later I understood the strength of that boy.”

When asked about Sinner’s strengths, Fabbiano said, “In addition to the ease in hitting the ball, I think there are two above all: the mentality with which he faces all the stages of the course, and the team behind him.

“Nobody can say for sure (what level he can reach), but I don’t think he can be excluded from any goal. It is right that all of us and he, first of all, imagine him to raise the most important trophies.

“For me he looks like Novak Djokovic, but with a ball speed that reflects the tennis of the future.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

Breaking: Daniil Medvedev withdraws from Monte-Carlo after positive COVID test

World number two Daniil Medvedev has been forced to withdraw from the Monte-Carlo Masters due to a positive COVID test it has been announced.The...

‘It is better for training’ – Novak Djokovic takes positives from lack of fans in Monte-Carlo

Novak Djokovic says the lack of crowds at the Monte-Carlo Masters can be a positive for the players in terms of practice.Monte-Carlo was one...

‘I am practicing well’ – Rafael Nadal says Australian Open injury behind him

Rafael Nadal says he is fully recovered from the injury that robbed him of his 'positive feeling' at the Australian Open.Nadal says he travelled...

‘Biggest achievement of my career’ – Novak Djokovic assesses incredible record

Novak Djokovic says the historic world number one record is the 'biggest achievement of his career' so far.Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer's previous record of...

Daniil Medvedev: ‘It is funny that I am seeded above Rafael Nadal for Monte-Carlo’

Daniil Medvedev says it is 'funny' that he is seeded above Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters given their contrasting fortunes on clay. Medvedev climbed...

Novak Djokovic defends Roland Garros delay: ‘From their perspective, it was the right call’

Novak Djokovic has remained diplomatic in the row over the Roland Garros delay, insisting it's important to appreciate everyone has a different perspective. Roland Garros...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here