Novak Djokovic has highlighted Jannik Sinner as the next big thing in tennis, saying he has ‘the potential to be a top player.’
Sinner has made a serious impression in the truncated 2020 season, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rome and going all the way to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros before running into Rafael Nadal.
All that has certainly impressed Djokovic, who has tipped the 19-year-old to make big strides in the coming years.
“I definitely see a lot of quality in the young players,” said Djokovic.
“[Sinner] definitely possesses a game that is powerful and is with a lot of quality, and you can say he has the potential to be a top player of the world.
“Sinner is definitely, I would say, the leader of the guys younger than [Alexander] Zverev and [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, who I think by many experts’ opinions the next ‘top’ top player.”
Despite Djokovic recognising the quality in Sinner, he has also added a word of caution to the young Italian.
“Many things have to come together in a career and life of a tennis player in order for him to be able to find his best and maximise his potential and to thrive every single year,” Djokovic explained.
“And to endure, because I think you have a much better chance to have a great Grand Slam or a great season.
“But can you endure for three, four, five, 10 years? Fifteen years?”
Sinner is currently a career-high number 43 in the rankings but is expected to make even greater inroads in 2021.
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?