Italian legends conflict about Sinner

Italian legends conflict about Sinner
Italian legends conflict about Sinner
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Rome Italy) – Two of the greatest tennis players in Italian history, Nicola Pietrangeli and Adriano Panatta gave divergent statements about their compatriot Jannik Sinner, who has been consolidating himself as one of the main names on the circuit this season. While one spoke with great euphoria about the 22-year-old, the other preached some caution with excessive expectations surrounding the current number 2 in the world.

“Nowadays, to beat Sinner, the devil himself would have to play. Maybe, in fact, not even the devil could beat him, because he has some weaknesses, while Sinner lacks nothing. Jannik has it all, including enthusiasm and energy. He is a champion with capital letters. How can you not love a 22-year-old boy who plays tennis so well and is so friendly and polite? said the two-time Roland Garros champion in 1959 and 1960.

With the title won in Miami last Sunday, Sinner jumped to second place in the rankings for the first time in his career, but for Pietrangeli his place is at the highest position on the list. “For me, Jannik is already number 1. The only thing that doesn’t certify him is a ranking system made by computers and that doesn’t convince me at all”, said the 90-year-old former tennis player and considered the third best player in the world. planet twice during the amateur phase of the sport.

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On the other hand, Adriano Panatta, who was fourth in the ATP in 1976, sees the overexposure surrounding Sinner as unnecessary. “It’s normal that now all the former players come out to comment, this is positive for the movement that is being created, although sometimes I feel a lot of fanaticism around Jannik. Honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary. This may go against education, maturity or pressure management. We are putting him as a great role model, many take him as an example, but what is happening with Jannik doesn’t happen every day”, he says.

The 1976 French Open champion also warns that Sinner will not be alone in competing for the circuit’s biggest titles. While he sees a decline for Novak Djokovic at this point in his career, the Italian is betting heavily on Carlos Alcaraz, placing the Spaniard as his young compatriot’s main rival in the coming years.

“For me, Alcaraz will be one of the great protagonists of 2024. I think Novak will not be as much, although that is just my opinion. Sinner and Alcaraz will star in the reigning rivalry on the men’s circuit in the coming years, occupying the space that Federer and Nadal left for so long”, says the 73-year-old Italian.


The article is in Portuguese

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