Jannik Sinner of steel ready to mark 2024


Jannik Sinner spearheaded Italy’s Davis Cup victory last weekend in Malaga. VIOLETA SANTOS MOURA/REUTERS

PORTRAIT – The 22-year-old Italian, author of an almost perfect end to the season, should be one of the great entertainers of next season.

Following in the footsteps of his father, who was a chef, Jannik Sinner seems to have found the right recipes on the courts to invite himself permanently to the table of kings. His fantastic end to the season, two titles, in Beijing And in Vienna, a Davis Cup title, a final at the Masters and nine victories in his last ten duels against players in the top 10, left his mark. Last weekend in Malaga, in the Davis Cup, the young star was the main architect of the conquest of the second Italian silver salad bowl…47 years after the first. He brought the second decisive point in the final against Australia by crushing the 12e world player Alex de Minaur (6-3, 6-0). All this, after having brought down the “monster” Djokovic in the semi-final, saving three match points. For four years, and Alexander Zverev in 2021 (Olympics, Masters), the Transalpine is the only player to have managed to dominate the stainless champion twice in the same season. Three times even in ten days. During the…

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