‘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.”

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