Jannik Sinner has ‘something special’ according to his defeated Miami Open semi-final opponent Roberto Bautista Agut.
The 19-year-old Italian has had a sensational Miami Open, impressing fellow players throughout not only with his on court play but his mature mentality.
On defeating Alexander Bublik in the quarter-final, the Khazakstani could be heard telling Sinner at the net – “You are not a human, man, you are 15 years old and you play like this. Good job.”
Sinner has become only the fourth teenager to reach the Miami Open final joining Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi in the honour.
After starting the tournament ranked 31st in the world, his Miami success will now see him climb into the top 25, and if he wins the final, into the top 20 in the world.
And Bautista-Agut, who has lost to Sinner twice in quick succession, has now joined other players in his praise for the promising youngster.
“This kid has something special, especially in the key moments,’ said Bautista Agut.
“Both in Dubai and today I entered the court thinking I would be able to win, and instead I did not. His mental strength is amazing. He has a bright future.”
“Of course, he’s good. [In] both matches [I] have the feeling I could [have] won both times, but finally I didn’t.
“I think he has something special in tough moments.
“Today, I had chances in the second set, chances in the third set. He’s a great player, [a] great competitor, and I will try to beat him the next time.”
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