Tennis: Key details about teenage sensation Jannik Sinner
Italian men's tennis singles player Jannik Sinner is set to face Novak Djokovic in a round of 32 clash at the Monte Carlo Masters. The rising tennis star is ranked 22nd in the ATP Rankings after reaching the final of the Miami Open earlier this month. He cruised past Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Here is a profile on Sinner.
Sinner to meet Djoker for the first time
Sinner's match against Djokovic is one of the most anticipated second-round battles of the day. The World No. 1 is contesting his first event since claiming a record-extending ninth Australian Open crown. This will be a cracking contest between Djokovic and Sinner as the latter is enjoying some fine form following a first ATP Masters 1000 final in Miami.
Sinner speaks on Djokovic ahead of the match
Sinner said he will have a game plan against Djokovic in his first meeting with the superstar. "I will definitely have a game plan," Sinner said. Sinner added that he doesn't know Djoker that well but has watched him a lot on television. He said playing against Djokovic is different, besides also looking forward to the same.
Sinner scripted these records last year
At the 2020 French Open, Sinner became the youngest quarter-finalist in the men's singles event since Djokovic in 2006. He also became the first to make the French Open quarter-finals on debut since Rafael Nadal in 2005. The teenager has won two ATP titles and became the youngest ATP title-holder since 2008 by winning the 2020 Sofia Open.
Sinner has continued his run in 2021
The Italian star started 2021 by winning his second career ATP title at the Great Ocean Road Open. He also reached the quarters of the Dubai Open. Last month, he reached his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final and a third overall final. He then lost to eventual winner Hubert Hurkacz in the finale in straight sets.
A look at Sinner's early life
Jannik Sinner was born August 16, 2001 in the predominantly German-speaking region of Siuth Tyrol in Northern Italy. He was one of Italy's top junior skiers from eight to twelve years old, winning a national championship. At 13, he switched his focus on tennis.