Jannik Sinner says that he regrets never getting a chance to play against Roger Federer in an official ATP match. Sinner wanted to play against Federer before he retired but his wish remained unfulfilled.
Roger Federer has inspired so many youngsters to play the sport during his playing days. The players have admired him for his achievements and his personality. One of them is Jannik Sinner who has admired Roger Federer since he was very young.
Jannik Sinner turned professional in 2018 and has been rising the ladder since then. A year later, he stated his desire to play against the ‘Big Three’. He has already played against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic but his desire to play against Federer whom he considers his ‘idol’ remained unfulfilled as the Swiss retired in 2022.
Jannik Sinner had so far the best season of his career in 2023 reaching the semifinal of the Wimbledon Open, winning his first Masters Title, finishing runners-up at the Nitto ATP Finals, and finally leading Italy to Davis Cup victory. He finished this season as the No.4 ranked player.
Sinner has met him on multiple occasions and also was overwhelmed when he got a chance to practice with him at the 2019 Italian Open. However, he never got to play against him in any official match and it remained a wish.
In an interview with a daily newspaper, he was asked who his idol was in tennis. To which his obvious answer was Roger Federer.
“It has always been Roger Federer. I dreamed of playing with him but unfortunately it never happened. Who knows if one day we will be able to do a performance together. I’d really like to. He’s is a very good as a person as well as a great Champion.”
Sinner on his idol Federer — “It has always been Roger Federer. I dreamed of playing with him but unfortunately it never happened. Who knows if one day we will be able to do a performance together. I’d really like to. He is a very good as a person as well as a great Champion 🏆 pic.twitter.com/vLNI1ucZRb— Veronica RF. (@VeronicaHoungan) November 29, 2023
Jannik Sinner meets Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of AC Milan’s Champions League match
Jannik Sinner met Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of AC Milan’s group-stage match against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. The match took place at Milan’s San Siro Stadium on Tuesday, November 28.
Jannik Sinner had great success recently, helping his country to win their second Davis Cup Title after 47 years and finishing as the runners-up at the Nitto ATP Finals in his home city, Turin.
He was welcomed at the stadium by a huge crowd chanting his name ahead of the match in Milan. He then met Zlatan Ibramovic and posed for a photo together. The Swede legend retired in June. He scored a total of 442 goals, 93 of which came for AC Milan.