Djokovic impressed by Sinner’s professionalism

“I think he’s very talented player,” Djokovic said of the 19-year-old. “He has established already himself at I feel like high level of the men’s game, playing Masters finals, winning already a couple of tournaments, for his age. I think what impresses me the most is his professionalism, his dedication to the everyday routines that he has to endure in order to play at such high level. I think this is why the consistency of his results is there.

“For a young player like this, what we normally would see and expect is he got a couple of good weeks here and there, but the consistency is not there until the young player matures.

“He really has a good mindset. He seems more mature for his age than the rest of the guys with the way he’s playing and training. He’s got a good tempo. From the baseline he makes the other guy feel he’s got to run a lot. I like his game. I think he has an all-around game. He can play equally well on all the surfaces, which he has proven.”

The youngster began 2020 ranked outside the Top 75. He’s now No. 22 and the youngest player in the Top 80. He’s already won two titles and just made the Miami finals earlier this month.

“Obviously there’s always things to improve. But he’s in good hands. Riccardo is someone that I know very well,” Djokovic added referring to coach Riccardo Piatti. “He was my coach when I was younger, around his age. I definitely wish him all the best. I’m sure the bright future is ahead of him.”

Before Djokovic turned 20 in May 2008, he had five titles including Miami plus quarterfinals at the French and fourth rounds at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

“Obviously what I see is that he is defending better than me when he’s coming in the run,” Sinner said of Djokovic.

“I think the biggest part where I have to learn, but I knew already, is to understand the right situations in every match, to don’t go too much, don’t go too slow, all the rest. It’s trying to understand the situation. That’s what I’m trying to do.

“Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t work, like today where maybe your opponent is better than you or understands faster than you. That’s the point. He’s doing that. I think I have to learn this part of the game.

“He’s moving good, especially in the important points. He’s serving good. He’s making the right decisions on important points. I think that’s the most difficult part.”

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Why do they get these players to do these school type reports on one another?

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Don't mean to sound critical. I just get reminded of Man United all the time. Certain players praised for their passion and professionalism. They might even have an approved haircut. But they're pretty average on the pitch.


Hall of Fame
When you praise someone like this, it gets in their head and they end up being complacent and don't try as hard. Human psychology 101.

The way to make someone perform better is by making them think what they did isn't good enough. Don't praise them at all. Criticize what they did.

Djokovic obviously doesn't want Sinner to get better. So what does he do? Heap a ton of praise on him, say how amazing he is. Sabotage his progress and make it easier for Djokovic to win slams. Very cunning move from Djokovic, I like it :cool: