Novak Djokovic believes Jannik Sinner has a ‘different’ mentality, and that will help him go very far in tennis.
Sinner is the highest-ranked teenager in the men’s game, and he underlined his huge potential by reaching his first Masters level final in Miami earlier this month.
Djokovic played Sinner for the first time in Monte-Carlo this week, winning in straight sets but being genuinely tested by the Italian, and he was impressed with what he saw.
“I think he’s a very talented player,” Djokovic said after their match.
“He has established already himself at, I feel like, high level of the men’s game, playing Masters finals, winning already a couple of tournaments, for his age.
“I think what impresses me the most is his professionalism, his dedication to the everyday routines that he has to endure in order to play at such a high level.
“For a young player like this, what we normally would see and expect is he got a couple of good weeks here and there, but the consistency is not there until the young player matures.
“With him it’s different. He really has a good mindset. He seems more mature for his age than the rest of the guys with the way he’s playing and training.
“I think he has an all-around game. He can play equally well on all the surfaces, which he has proven.”
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