World No. 13 Jannik Sinner says Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still here and still top contenders for the biggest titles in the world. At the start of the season, Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Djokovic, who wasn’t allowed to compete in Melbourne, will be determined to tie Nadal’s record of 21 Grand Slams at the French Open. During an interview with Corrierre dello Sport, Sinner suggested it might take a bit more time before the new faces start winning the biggest titles.
Djokovic has been struggling this clay season but Sinner expects the Serb to be at his best at the French Open. “The best seem to be in trouble but the truth is that Nadal has won the Australian Open and that Djokovic, who has chosen not to be vaccinated and has played little so far, will find his form again in view of Paris,” Sinner told Corrierre dello Sport, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
“I don’t know if we’re ready for a turnaround but I’m certainly lucky to be there in the leading group. It’s fun tennis to play and, I think, to watch.”
Sinner hopes to play Federer
Federer is the lone Big Three member that Sinner hasn’t played.
“With the talent he has, Roger can always surprise,” Sinner said. “I would like to face him before he retires, he is the only one of the Big Three that I miss, with Nadal and Djokovic I played. It would be wonderful: I will tell my grandchildren in the mountains, in front of the fireplace.”
At just 19, Alcaraz is already a two-time Masters champion and is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 6 in the world. “Not everyone plays his tennis and follows his path. I never think about Carlos, his speed of growth, his talent. I think of myself,” Sinner said of Alcaraz.