By Richard Pagliaro
Pristine ball-striking and pure energy are amongst Jannik Sinner’s property.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says professionalism at a younger age additionally units the Italian teenager aside.
Down a break early, Djokovic used a four-game surge within the first set to deflate Sinner in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Requested to evaluate Sinner’s sport, the 18-time Grand Slam champion praised the Miami Open finalist as a real expertise who can compete with the elite.
“I believe he is very gifted participant. He has established already himself at I really feel like excessive degree of the lads’s sport, taking part in Masters finals, successful already a few tournaments,for his age,” Djokovic mentioned. “I believe what impresses me essentially the most is his professionalism, his dedication to the on daily basis routines that he has to endure in an effort to play at such excessive degree. I believe this is the reason the consistency of his outcomes is there.
“For a younger participant like this, what we usually would see and count on is he received a few good weeks right here and there, however the consistency shouldn’t be there till the younger participant matures. With him it is totally different. He actually has a superb mindset. He appears extra mature for his age than the remainder of the fellows with the best way he is taking part in and coaching.”
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The 2-time Monte-Carlo champion used his depth, ability bending the ball into sharp angles, well timed drop pictures and his accuracy on the run to defuse Sinner immediately.
Djokovic educated with Sinner’s long-time coach Riccardo Piatti in his youthful years—Piatti additionally coached 2010 Indian Wells champion Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer’s coach—and believes the 19-year-old Italian has the qualities to supply success on all surfaces.
“He is received a superb tempo. From the baseline he makes the opposite man really feel he is received to run rather a lot,” Djokovic mentioned. “I like his sport. I believe he has an all-around sport. He can play equally properly on all of the surfaces, which he has confirmed.
“Clearly there’s at all times issues to enhance. However he is in good arms. Riccardo is somebody that I do know very properly. He was my coach once I was youthful, round his age. I positively want him all one of the best. I am certain the intense future is forward of him.”
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