Sinner Roland Garros 2020

‘Jannik Sinner reminds me of Robin Soderling’, says former star


Former American star Andy Roddick has praised the achievements of Jannik Sinner and drawn comparisons to Robin Soderling. 

The US Open winner has praised the Next Generation star following his breakthrough year on tour, with the 19-year-old racing up to 36th in the rankings.

Sinner also became the first male player since Rafael Nadal (2005) to reach the quarter-finals on his French Open debut and is currently the youngest player in the top 100.

Speaking about the prospect on The Tennis Channel, Roddick has drawn parallels between him and former World No 4 Robin Soderling; best known for being one of only two players to defeat Nadal at the French Open.

“He [Sinner] can create the amount of speed and pace off his both wings,” said Roddick.

“He has knockout power on both sides with half the body. Once he grows into himself and gets out of the awkward, lanky phase (he will get better).

“He reminds me of a Robin Soderling type player but may move slightly better. This guy’s a big, big deal.

“Going to battle and making your first Grand Slam quarterfinal on a slow clay court surface in Paris last year at Roland Garros, that shows a lot.

“The biggest thing for me, he goes out and wins matches that he’s expected to win, that’s how you make a career.”

Sinner is set to make his second appearance at the Australian Open in February, having fallen short to Martin Fucsovics in the second-round on his debut last year.

Sinner Roland Garros 2020
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