Jannik Sinner admits ‘my tennis is similar to Novak Djokovic’s’ game as he gives insight into studying Big 3

Shahida Jacobs
Jannik Sinner off court
A smiling Jannik Sinner away from the tennis court

Jannik Sinner was recently asked “who do you compare yourself to” and he gave an interesting answer as he also opened up about tennis’ interesting future.

The Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have transcended the sport and their impact on the game will be felt for generations to come as they have dominated tennis for more than two decades.

Sinner, fresh from winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, is among the current generation of tennis players who have been inspired by the trio.

Ahead of his return to action at the Rotterdam Open, the 22-year-old was asked “to what extent have the Big Three influenced your game and who do you compare yourself to?”

“I think my tennis is similar to Djokovic’s,” he is quoted as saying by Marca. “We both played well from the back of the court, but we try to go to the net. The way we slide on the court is also similar.

“I feel lucky to have played together with them. Roger is no longer here, but when the three of them were there, I tried to watch what they did in the gym, outside the gym… Learn as much as possible from them.

“I feel fortunate that they are on the tour because they have won more Grand Slam titles than anyone else.”

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The Big Three era is coming to an end though with Federer retiring in 2022 while Nadal has struggled with injury in recent years.

Djokovic, though, remains the player to beat as he won three of the four Grand Slams last year and still sits at No 1 in the ATP Rankings.

However, Sinner as well as Carlos Alcaraz’s emergence has led to suggestions that tennis is entering a new period with the duo expected to dominate the sport for years to come.

“It’s difficult to say because there are very good players. It is impossible to predict the future because anything can happen,” the Italian said.

“There are many young players who are playing at a high level, we also have Daniil (Medvedev) and Sascha (Zverev). It is true that Carlos and I are the youngest, along with Holger [Rune].

“Each one is different both at the game level and mentally. And that is the beautiful thing to see, that we are not the same and that each one is different from the other. The future is going to be interesting.”

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