Jannik Sinner - ATP Finals hope

Jannik Sinner ‘will have chances to win a Grand Slam and become No.1’ claims David Ferrer

Jannik Sinner has been backed to win a major title and climb to the top of the ATP rankings by former No.3 David Ferrer.

Sinner has made a strong start to 2023 with a win-loss record of 26-6, and picked up a seventh career title in Montpellier and reached finals in Miami and Rotterdam.

The Italian was gunning for an eighth title in Barcelona this week, but withdrew from his quarter-final clash with Lorenzo Musetti due to ‘feeling unwell’.

Despite this, Barcelona Open tournament director and 2013 Roland Garros runner-up David Ferrer has showered the 21-year-old with praise this week.

“I consider Jannik a very good player who is improving every year, reaching his goals, and I am sure he will have his chances to win a Grand Slam and become No. 1,” said Ferrer.

The Spaniard continued, “In fact, among the young players he is the one who impresses me the most because of the power of his shots and his margin for improvement, which is still very wide.”

At the moment there is a lot of noise around Sinner’s rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz and Ferrer was asked about whether it could be the great rivalry of the future, “It could be, but there is no shortage of good players out there.”

“There is also Sebastian Korda, who is improving all the time. But at the moment, yes, these are two players who have a clear idea of what their goal is and are very ambitious.”

Ferrer added, “From this point of view it is a good rivalry because, moreover, they are both good people and I like that. They are humble, respectful and the fact that players of this level are like this is good for the sport in general.”

Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner head-to-head

Alcaraz and Sinner have played each other six times on the main ATP tour, with the Italian picking up the latest win in the  exciting rivalry.

Here is their head-to-head in full:

Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner: 3-3

2021 – Alcaraz beat Sinner, 7-6(1) 7-5 (Paris Masters)

2022 – Sinner beat Alcaraz, 6-1 6-4 6(8)-7 6-3 (Wimbledon)

Sinner beat Alcaraz, 6(5)-7 6-1 6-1 (Croatia Open – Umag)

Alcaraz beat Sinner, 6-3 6(7)-7 6(0)-7 7-5 6-3 (US Open)

2023 – Alcaraz beat Sinner, 7-6(4) 6-3 (Indian Wells)

– Sinner beat Alcaraz, 6(4)-7 6-4 6-2 (Miami Open)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.