Why Jannik Sinner has the same mentality of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal according to tennis legend

Two-time major finalist Mark Philippoussis has lauded Jannik Sinner, saying that he has the same playing mentality as tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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Jannik Sinner has been praised by two-time major finalist Mark Philippoussis for having the same winning attitude as tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The former world No. 8 praised Sinner as such a nice young man and said that athletes like the Italian, Djokovic, and Nadal are unique because they are always trying to improve. Sinner won his first Grand Slam title last month when he overcame Daniil Medvedev in five sets in the 2024 Australian Open final.

In a podcast, Philippoussis lauded Sinner’s mindset and will to keep getting better while also praising Sinner as a person.

Philippoussis expressed his thoughts about Sinner and said: “You know the best thing; he’s such a good kid. I jumped on it too (the bandwagon). He was my pick, by the way, at the start of the tournament (the Australian Open). He was my pick. He’s a great kid. You see him walking by; he looks at you, says hello, and gives respect to anybody. His team is great, and he’s got a champion’s mentality.”

He further said: “After he wins, in the locker room, he’s going to ask the question, ‘How can I get better?’ That’s the difference between Nadal, Djokovic, and other players. That’s the champion’s mentality. These guys are always looking for ways to get better.”


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Jannik Sinner in 2024

Jannik Sinner

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22 year old
2024 Highlights

Currently ranked no.3 (career-high), Jannik played his last match on the 18th of February when he defeated world no.9 Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in the final in Rotterdam to win his 13th career title.

At present, during this year Sinner achieved an overall 12-0 match record. The Italian clinched 2 titles in 2024 at the Australian Open and Rotterdam.

Sinner's Record

Novak Djokovic in 2024

Novak Djokovic

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36 year old
2024 Highlights

Ranked no.1, the Serbian played his last match on the 26th of January when he was overcome by world no.3 Jannik Sinner 6-1 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3 in the semifinal of the Australian Open (draw).

During this season Novak has managed to achieve an overall 7-2 record. Novak Djokovic’s latest run at the Australian Open was the best achievement of his season.

Australian Open
Djokovic's Record

Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic played each other 7 times. Their head to head is 4-3 for Djokovic. The last time they fought against each other, Jannik Sinner won 6-1 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3 in the semifinal in Melbourne (Australian Open) on the 26th of January 2024.

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Rafael Nadal in 2024

Rafael Nadal

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37 year old
2024 Highlights

Currently the world no.652, Rafael played his last match on the 5th of January when he was overcome by world no.40 Jordan Thompson 5-7 7-6(6) 6-3 in the quarter in Brisbane (draw).

Until now, during this year the Spaniard has a 2-1 match record.

Nadal's Record