Novak Djokovic feels Italian teenager Jannik Sinner leads the pack of ‘Subsequent Gen’ gamers with the potential of changing into a future world primary, the Serbian mentioned in any case however securing his year-end high rating with a win in Vienna on Wednesday.

Djokovic saved 4 set factors within the opener in opposition to Croatia’s Borna Coric to win 7-6(11) 6-Three to achieve the third spherical of the Erste Financial institution Open within the Austrian capital.

The win meant that the 17-times Grand Slam winner may solely be stopped from tying Pete Sampras’ document of ending as 12 months finish No.1 for the sixth time if Rafael Nadal accepts a wild card in competing in Sofia subsequent month.

The 19-year-old Sinner received the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in 2019 and is presently at a career-high rating of 43, having reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter closing at this month’s French Open.



“I positively see numerous high quality within the younger gamers,” mentioned Djokovic. “(Sinner) positively possesses a recreation that's highly effective and is with numerous high quality, and you may say he has the potential to be a high participant of the world.

“Sinner is certainly, I'd say, the chief of the fellows youthful than (Alexander) Zverev and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, who I believe by many specialists’ opinions the subsequenthighhigh participant.”

German Zverev, aged 23, reached the U.S. Open closing in New York and is a 12 months older than Greek Tsitsipas and so they have received the earlier two editions of the season-ending ATP Finals, the largest occasion in males’s tennis exterior the Slams.

Djokovic felt the duo are already established gamers and would want to maintain their performances over a interval to wrest the highest rating.

“Many issues have to come back collectively in a profession and lifetime of a tennis participant to ensure that him to have the ability to discover his finest and maximise his potential and to thrive each single 12 months,” Djokovic mentioned.

“And to endure, as a result of I believe you may have a significantly better likelihood to have a terrific Grand Slam or a terrific season. However are you able to endure for 3, 4, 5, 10 years? Fifteen years?”