Jannik Sinner’s Rise: Rival Coach Compares Him to Djokovic & Alcaraz

Jannik Sinner, according to head coach Gilles Cervara, has “definitely started to reach the levels” of Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz, and Novak Djokovic.

Gilles Ervara praised Sinner’s gains across the board and said the Italian needs to “confirm himself at this level and in the Grand Slam tournaments.”

At the Vienna Open on Sunday, Sinner defeated Medvedev—a player Cervara has been working with full-time since 2017—7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3 in an incredible final. After losing his first six matches against Medvedev, the 22-year-old has won his last two, having defeated the Russian in the China Open final at the beginning of October.

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Since making it to his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon in July, the world No. 4 has been outstanding. Prior to his ATP 500 victories in Beijing and Vienna, he won the largest career championship in August at the Canada Masters in Toronto.

At the top of the ATP Rankings, Sinner is ranked below only Djokovic, Alcaraz, and Medvedev, the entrenched trio. The Italian qualified earlier this month and will play his first match at the ATP Finals in Turin in November.

Following Sinner’s triumph over Medvedev in Austria, Cervara interviewed Ubitennis on the advancements the 22-year-old has made.

Gilles Cervara Statement

The Frenchman said, “I would say that there have been improvements in every aspect of his game. I’m really happy for him and his team. It’s always a nice thing when you see someone who manages to improve so much and works so seriously.”

“I see them every week for many months and to see the level they are reaching is remarkable. In general, it is rewarding and significant to see the results when one has worked so hard. Then in general, Jannik is good both in defense and in attack.”

“He manages to put so much speed to his shots effortlessly and now he is playing without making the mistakes he did before. Playing against him now is really a great challenge and even his first serve now is faster.”

“He’s playing better and better in every aspect and winning finals gives great confidence for the future. And in general, it’s good for tennis that there are so many players capable of reaching such a high level.”

In addition, Cervara was asked if he thought Djokovic, Alcaraz, and Medvedev were now on the same level as the world No. 4.

“Yes, definitely, he’s 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 us (smiling),” evaluated the 42-year-old.

This week in the Paris Masters, Jannik Sinner is competing. In his opening match, he will take on Mackenzie McDonald.

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