Despite the defeat to Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals in Vienna (with some controversies in the press conference), Jannik Sinner reached his real goal this week and overtook Hubert Hurkacz in the Race to Turin after defeating Casper Ruud, another direct opponent in the Finals optics, in two sets.
From next Monday, Sinner will officially enter the top 10; even Roger Federer, if we consider the age factor (Sinner turned 20 last August 16, ed), was unable to do better than him.
The Swiss reached the top 10 at 20 years and 9 months. The Italian will participate next week in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, an event that could assign the last two places available for the Turin Finals even before the start of the ATP 250 tournament in Stockholm, to which all the players still in struggle.
The words of Flavia Pennetta on Sinner
He was not particularly lucky and should face Carlos Alcaraz on his first round in Paris. The young Spanish talent will still have to overcome the Pierre-Hugues Herbert obstacle in the first round. Sinner, in case of victory, would find one of Pablo Carreno Busta, Benoit Paire, Arthur Rinderknech or a player coming from the qualifiers in the round of 16. In the same quarter-final as Sinner was then inserted the world number two Daniil Medvedev.
In an interview with Sky Sport, Flavia Pennetta talked about Sinner’s talent and future. We recall that the former Italian tennis player is among the candidates to enter the world Hall of Fame together with Carlos Moya, his former partner, Ana Ivanovic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Cara Black and Lisa Raymond.
She said: “By now we can also put aside being predestined, it already seems concrete and I do not say arrived just because it can still improve various aspects of your game. Let us remember that he is very young. Sinner is there and is showing great mental strength to bear everything that goes around him, perhaps more than Berrettini.”