Italian rookie star Jannik Sinner has revealed his idols in a recent interview with professional men’s tennis website. The 19-year-old said he is getting pretty nervous whenever meeting the 20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Federer and Nadal are best-known for their stylish and resilient tennis in the men’s game. Both of them have won a total of 40 Grand Slam titles so far. Swiss and Spaniard are the sources of motivation for thousands of emerging stars in the sports world, especially tennis.
During the conversation, the NextGen Sinner said he did meet his childhood idol. He further continued, “Rafa, definitely. Whenever I see him, I am quite nervous. It is the same as Roger. It is always special to meet them.”
Roger’s Comeback, Nadal’s Clay-Court Season Preparation, & Sinner’s First Masters 1000 Final
After a long break, the 39-year-old from Basel returned to the circuit during the Qatar Open last month. In his comeback encounter, Federer defeated British No.1 Dan Evans in three sets. But, he fell in the next round to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Having withdrawn from Dubai and Miami Opens, the 103-time tour-level title winner again went back to training. There is no crystal clear report for when he will resume his tour.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal also skipped the Rotterdam Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Acapulco Open, and Miami Open. Spaniard cited he needed to fully recover and get ready for the clay-court season in Europe. However, now he has begun training ahead of the European clay-court swing in his academy.
Recent reports say that Nadal will return to the circuit through Monte-Carlo Masters, which begins on 11th April as per the ATP tour calendar. Following by, he is expected to compete in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, and Paris.
Meanwhile, rising star Jannik Sinner reached his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 championship match at the ongoing Miami Open 2021. Thus, he became the fourth teenager to attain the Miami Open final in the tournament’s 36-year history. In the past, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic had achieved this feat.
Italian will now face Polish Hubert Hurkacz to claim his first elite title.