Emma Raducanu’s US Open heroics in ‘no rush’ to be recreated by Jannik Sinner

Emma Raducanu: British teen wins US Open

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After praising Emma Raducanu for her “incredible” run to the US Open title last month, rising ATP star Jannik Sinner has admitted he’s not racing to follow in the Brit’s footsteps. Sinner has long been regarded as one of the best young talents in the men’s game, having already won four titles at the age of 20 years old, and has been tipped to win Grand Slams in the future. 

While Raducanu wasted no time in winning the title during just her second-ever performance at Major level, aged just 18, the Italian is happy to wait for his own success on the biggest stages.

Raducanu made history a month ago as she became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, winning 20 consecutive sets through the qualifying rounds and main-draw en route to the US Open trophy.

She wasn’t the only teenager to have a fairytale run in New York either, as her final opponent Leylah Fernandez – who turned 19 during the tournament – reeled off an impressive run of victories over Grand Slam champions and top players including Naomi Osaka, Angie Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka before falling to the Brit.

Raducanu and Fernandez, who entered the tournament ranked at world No 150 and No 73 respectively, now sit at Nos 22 and 28 in the world, and made their return in Indian Wells this week as top seeds.

While the recent US Open champion was unable to make a winning comeback, losing her opener to world No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich, runner-up Fernandez has stormed her way into the third round where she will next face Shelby Rogers – one of Raducanu’s victims in Flushing Meadows.

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Another young talent impressing in the Californian desert is ATP world No 14 Jannik Sinner, who needed just 74 minutes to beat John Millman 6-2 6-2 in his debut match at the BNP Paribas Open.

The Italian has long been one of the most exciting young players on the tour, breaking a whole host of records and achieving feats only seen from the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

At the end of 2019, the now-20-year-old became the youngest player in the year-end top 80 since Nadal in 2003, and a year later became the youngest French Open quarter-finalist since Djokovic in 2006, as well as the first player to make it to the last eight on his debut since Nadal in 2005.

Sinner ended 2020 ranked at world No 37 after winning his first title in Sofia, becoming the youngest Italian champion in the Open Era, and youngest overall since Kei Nishikori in 2008.

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The Italian has continued to build on his success, becoming the first teenager in history to win an ATP 500 title in Washington earlier this summer and successfully defending his Sofia Open title recently, as he now sits at a career-high of world No 14.

Having achieved so much at such a young age, Sinner has been tipped for even greater success in the future, though he has now admitted he’s not racing to win a Major despite being inspired by Raducanu’s recent US Open heroics.

“Well, it’s a tricky question,” the four-time ATP title winner said following his opening win in Indian Wells, when asked whether the young Brit’s success gave him more belief to win a Grand Slam title.

“You know, I think it’s great to see the new generation coming up. I think men’s tennis, it’s a little bit more difficult because, I mean, every player. Also, if you play against guys who are 60, 70 ranked, they are very, very tough to beat, which is also in woman’s tennis, you know.”

After branding Raducanu and Fernandez’s antics in Flushing Meadows “incredible”, Sinner said he was happy to take things at his own pace and continue to build each day.

He continued: “They had, both of them, they had an incredible run in US Open.

“Now I don’t want to say what difference is between men’s and women’s tennis, for sure. But, you know, obviously we have, talking about from the men’s side, we have a lot of great players, young players who are trying to improve, trying to play better day after day, and, you know, I think that what I’m trying to do is obviously to practice well, and then we see what’s coming next.

“But, you know, for sure I don’t want to rush so much. I’m just trying, as I said before, trying to play match after match in the best possible way, and then we see trying to improve. Yeah, that’s it.”
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