‘The next generation are not yet ready to challenge Federer, Nadal or Djokovic,’ says Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner says recent tennis tournaments have shown that the next generation still have a lot to do before they can consistently challenge Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

The 19-year-old Italian has made a splash at this years Miami Open, being only one of four teenagers to ever reach the Masters 1000 final, the others being Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.

However, none of the top 20 seeds of the tournament made the final, including five of the top ten players in the world.

The same can be said of the ATP 500 Dubai Championships where the final was contested between a wildcard player versus a qualifier (Aslan Karatsev v Lloyd Harris) with all seeded players knocked out.

And Sinner, who appears exceptionally level-headed and mature for his age, says a lack of  consistency means the next generation are still not ready to challenge the big three of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic and might not be for a few years.

“The next generation still has to show that they can beat the big three because maybe they lose one or two matches,” Sinner said.

“The next generation that I see is not ready yet to win against them consistently. It could be two years or five years, I don’t know.”

In response to his own loss at the Miami Open final to Hubert Hurkacz, Sinner said it’s a learning curve for him but he knows what he has to improve.

“I think I can learn many things. For me now it’s tough to talk about the match. Yes, I made a couple of mistakes in important moments but I was dictating. So, I’m happy about that,” said Sinner.

“Improvement is the most important thing. I think I have to improve on every single part of my game physically, mentally, everything.”

“I’m not here for making the finals, you know. I’m here to win tournaments,” the youngster concluded.

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