Jannik Sinner's coach reacts to Novak Djokovic comparisons following Miami Open win

Sinner's win in Miami has also propelled him above Alcaraz to No. 2 in the ATP rankings

By Web Desk
April 01, 2024
Novak Djokovic with Jannik Sinner. - ReuterS

Jannik Sinner's coach, Darren Cahill, has played down the notion that any player will ever dominate tennis like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have during their careers.

Following his victory at the Miami Open, Sinner has triumphed in all but one tournament he has participated in this year.

That tournament was Indian Wells, where Carlos Alcaraz emerged victorious after coming from a set down. Before that, the Italian followed up his Australian Open win with further success at the Rotterdam Open.

Sinner's win in Miami has also propelled him above Alcaraz to No. 2 in the ATP rankings, trailing only Djokovic. With a match record of 22-1 in 2024, comparisons are being drawn between him and the greats of the past and present.

Cahill, who has coached Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in the past, before working with Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco as part of the Adidas Player Development Program, believes that no one will replicate the achievements of Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal.

“I don’t think anybody should be comparing this generation yet to the generation that we have just seen with Novak, who is still playing, with Federer, Nadal, who is still playing," Cahill said, speaking to the media in Miami on Sunday. "What they were able to achieve for so many years is remarkable.”

“I don’t think we will ever see that domination again no matter what. So to be able to coach through that, to live through it, to watch it as a fan, it’s been remarkable how they have pushed their frontier of the game, and made everyone more professional and made everybody play better.

“What you are seeing with the players coming through now is a direct result of their professionalism, of the teams they put together, the way they have tried to inch out every piece of improvement in each of their games.

"They’ve got big teams. They go from the physio to the mental coach to a couple of tennis coaches now to a fitness trainer.

"You’re trying to tick every single box to maximize a player’s career. So this generation is copying and they’re doing pretty much the same thing.

"But I wouldn’t start comparing what Carlos or Jannik or Holger (Rune) or these types of players are doing just yet to the generation prior, because I think that’s unfair. They need time to establish themselves.

"But the level is right up there, and it’s a good level, but they need to win a lot more before you start comparing them to those boys."