Jannik Sinner wasn’t even meant to be in Madrid but the 18 year old who had only played 16 tour matches before his wildcard in Milan at the NextGen Finals.
He turned up and from day one meant business. Day by day he took apart games of everyone ranked higher than him in the ATP Rankings and finished with a perfectly executed game plan against top 20 Alex de Minaur.
What aspects make up his game and the story behind his journey so far?
Jannik could have taken a completely different path away from tennis..
He was a junior Ski champion and could have gone on to achieve many accolades in the sport.
At just 18 and not a full year on the tour he does hit the ball extremely hard! His power took time away from his opponents who were unable to soak up the pressure even the exceptional defensive skills of Alex de Minaur couldn’t withstand the barrage.
His main shot is the forehand we saw him continue to let rip into either open space or penetrate the defence of the opponent he was facing.
The forehand is the main shot of the teenager but is also strong off the backhand despite leaking more errors than winners but his numbers for the week in Milan were big.
Forehand Winners – 47
Forehand Errors – 57
Backhand Winners – 30
Backhand Errors – 50
Big numbers which could become problematic in the future. It does have a ‘go big or go home’ style to it so when it works it looks good but can be messy.
Efficient when it mattered!
When rallies got going Sinner makes those inroads to try and push in off the forehand and gain control but when rallies were extended and difficult moments arose he dealt with them incredibly well.
Whether it was at the net, facing break points or saving break points he was superbly efficient during the week;
Net Points Won – 33/40
Break Points Saved – 26/28
Break Points Won – 14/32
These numbers are pretty insane at any level of tennis! 26/28 break points saved is massive! He saved 9/9 against De Minaur in the final and never looked fazed.
At the net he was a brutal winning points there and around 48% of break points won is a good number to have.
His whole game was strong, even the serve winning;
First Serve Points Won – 153/193 (79%)
Second Serve Points Won – 64/114 (56%)
If you could get those numbers sustainable on the tour you’d be a force to reckon with!
2019 to 2020
2020 is going to be totally different for Sinner.
He began 2019 ranked at 549 in the world and ends it around 95. He will be main draw for a few tournaments and the wildcards will be on offer.
He is guaranteed to be main draw at the Australian Open so will continue to build on his achievements so far.
His coach is Riccardo Piatti who is rumoured to be taking on Maria Sharapova in 2020 but I imagine with Riccardo in his corner everything will be planned out methodically for 2020. There was a thought he could go play Davis Cup next week but it has been ruled out as he rests and prepares for next season.