Jannik Sinner: Next generation still has to show they can beat Big Three

Jannik Sinner, 19, has acknowledged that the next generation still has to show they can beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Sinner, who is considered as one of the most talented players from his generation, is expected to one day win a Grand Slam and become world No. 1. 

On Sunday, Sinner played his maiden Masters final in Miami — which he lost to Hubert Hurkacz.

“The next generation still has to show that they can beat the big three, you know, because obviously maybe they lose one or two matches, but the next generation that what I see is not ready yet to win against them consistently. So obviously it’s good to see the new generation what’s coming after them, because at some point there will be the moment. I don’t know when. It can be two years or five years, I don’t know. But the moment will come, and then after is going to be other players,” Sinner said, per Tennis Majors.

Sinner disappointed after failing to beat Hurkacz 

Pole Hurkacz claimed a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win to win his maiden Masters title in Miami.

“This year starting from Melbourne, you know, when I won there the title, 250, I felt well on court. It was the first time after a long period of time that I didn’t play any tournament I started well, you know, winning match after match. So I think I grow in that way. Then after came one match against Bedene in Montpellier where I was back and playing the ball in the court. I finished the match playing not my game,” Sinner added. 

“Then after, our first goal was trying to take my tennis back, trying to play more aggressive, trying to serve a little bit better. Today I was not serving well. Trying to serve better, trying to return, mix it up a little bit. You know, trying to move the others. So I think this kind of stuff starting from Dubai came back a little bit. Obviously there is a lot of work, a lot of things to do. I have to understand when to go and when not to go.

“Me honestly right now for the next 30, 40 matches prefer to do like this, and then we will see what solution we have. But, you know, I think it has been a good week anyway. But, you know, obviously I’m not here for making finals, you know. I’m here to win tournaments. Today was not my day. Accept that. But, you know, it’s going back to work and then we will see what I can do on the clay.”

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