Jannik Sinner has had a very good second half of 2023. Since making the semifinals at Wimbledon, Sinner has won three tournaments (Canadian Open, Beijing Open, and Vienna Open) and has defeated Daniil Medvedev twice in finals. This was after losing to Medvedev in all six previous meetings between the two players. Sinner is only 22 years old and he appears to have figured out what he needs to do to consistently win at a high level.
Jannik Sinner is currently ranked No. 4 on the ATP tour. There appears to be an ever-growing gap between the top four players on the tour and the rest of the field. No. 1 Novak Djokovic is arguably the greatest player ever, No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz has struggled a bit lately but we have all seen how good he can and will be, and No. 3 Medvedev would probably be the favorite in every tournament he enters that doesn’t include Djokovic or Alcaraz.
But is Jannik Sinner ready to be the equal of Alcaraz and Djokovic and maybe form a new Big 4 along with those two players plus Medvedev? Medvedev’s long-time coach, Gilles Cervara, thinks Sinner is. And he praised the Italian enthusiastically during a recent interview with Ubitennis.
Jannik Sinner might be ready to consistently challenge Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz
Cervara said of Jannik Sinner, “It’s always a nice thing when you see someone who manages to improve so much and works so seriously…(Sinner has) just started to reach these levels and to win consistently, in big events against top players; the challenge for him will be to confirm himself at this level and in the Grand Slam tournaments; I just hope it doesn’t happen against (Medvedev and Cervara).”
Sinner still needs to be a bit more consistent. Even during the course of winning the three tournaments, Sinner was alternating his victories with early-round losses. Until recently, Alcaraz always made deep runs in each tournament he entered. Djokovic rarely loses at all but especially not early in tourneys. He’s also never won a Grand Slam and made only one semifinal in majors.
Still, he is only 22 years old and he is going to likely get better and more consistent. Sinner moves around the court so well and his defense is fantastic and those skills normally allow a player to stay in matches they otherwise wouldn’t. If he can win the ATP Finals, that could catapult him to a special 2024 where he challenges for several Grand Slams and maybe even wins one.