The nineteen year old Italian Jannik Sinner reached the Quarter Finals of the Marseille Open where he was beaten by top seed Daniil Medvedev. Speaking on the sidelines after the match, Sinner was honest and candid with his answers.
He said that he has improved a lot in the last year, but he believes he has to improve a lot more. Drawing a comparison with cooking he said, if his goal is to be a ‘chef’, last year he was outside the kitchen, but this year he is in the kitchen peeling carrots and potatoes.
Jannik Sinner said “Compared to last year I have improved enormously, but there’s so much to do.” He continued ” It’s as if I’m trying to become a chef: now I’m peeling carrots and potatoes. But at least I’m in the kitchen. last year I was outside the kitchen”.
Rise of Jannik Sinner
Two years back at this time, Sinner was ranked beyond the top 300. 2020 was his breakthrough season. He reached the Quarterfinals of the French Open where he took Rafael Nadal to a first set tie break. In the months that followed he reached the final in Cologne before winning his first ATP Trophy at the Sofia Open. In the very next tournament, the Adelaide International, he became the champion again.
Although he suffered a first round exit at the Australian Open, he managed to practice with Rafael Nadal for two weeks before that. On the 8th of February this year, he was ranked no.32 in the world, his best ranking so far. At the Marseille Open this year, he beat Frenchman Grégoire Barrère in the first round, and then overcame Hugo Gaston in the second round, before running into Medvedev in the Quarter Finals. Sinner is currently ranked no.34 in the world.