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Djokovic: Sinner might be future world No. 1

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Novak Djokovic believes that 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner will lead the next generation of tennis stars after Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas and says: "He has the potential to be a top player in the world."

Last update: 10/29/20 2:10 p.m.

According to Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner has the potential to be a future number 1 in the world

Novak Djokovic has classified the Italian teenager Jannik Sinner as potentially future number 1 in the world.

With his last win against the Croatian Borna Coric in Vienna on Wednesday, the Serb almost secured his top position at the end of the year and reached the quarter-finals of the Erste Bank Open.

The win meant the 17-time Grand Slam winner could only be stopped from tying Pete Sampras' record in sixth at the end of the year if Rafael Nadal accepts a wild card in Sofia next month.

Sinner reached the quarter-finals of the French Open

Sinner reached the quarter-finals of the French Open

Djokovic talks about Sinner, who won the next-generation ATP final in 2019 and is currently at a career high of 43. He believes the 19-year-old has the potential to be at the top, not least after reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-finals at the French Open this month.

"I definitely see a lot of quality in the young players," said Djokovic. "(Sinner) definitely owns a game that is powerful and of high quality and it can be said that he has the potential to be a top player in the world.

"Sinner is definitely the leader of the guys who are younger than (Alexander) Zverev and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, whom many experts believe will be the next top top player."

Alexander Zverev reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open earlier this year

Alexander Zverev reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open earlier this year

Djokovic also believed that established players Zverev and Tsitsipas need to maintain their performances for a period of time in order to compete for first place in the leaderboard.

The duo has established itself in the top 10 and won the trophy at the Nitto ATP finals in 2018 and 2019.

"A lot of things have to come together in a tennis player's career and life for him to find his best, maximize his potential and be successful every year," said Djokovic.

"And to endure because I think you have a much better chance of having a great Grand Slam or a great season. But can you hold out three, four, five, 10 years? 15 years?"

Djokovic: A match with Sampras would be a dream come true

0:29 Djokovic aims to equate Pete Sampras & # 39; season finale # 1

Djokovic aims to equate Pete Sampras & # 39; season finale # 1

Djokovic has admitted that reaching Sampras & # 39; season # 1 would be "a dream come true".

The American legend Sampras took first place in the ranking for six consecutive years between 1993 and 1998.

Djokovic is currently at the helm for five seasons with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018 – but is close to the end of 2020 as number 1 in the world, matching Sampras' record.

The Serb also wants to overtake Federer's 310-week record at the top of the rankings – he's currently enjoying his 292nd week at the top.

& # 39; & # 39; I mean, Pete was someone I looked up to when I was growing up. And, you know, it would definitely be a dream come true to hit his record, "said Djokovic.

"Hopefully I'll get there and keep trying to be a better player and hopefully have more success and make more records in the game and in this sport that I really love with all my heart. & # 39; & # 39;

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