Five Reasons Why Jannik Sinner Can Win More Than One Grand Slam In 2024

Five Reasons Why Jannik Sinner Can Win More Than One Grand Slam In 2024

by Nurein Ahmed

Jannik Sinner recently won his first Grand Slam title after beating Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling Australian Open final.

Sinner is the first Italian in tennis history to win the Australian Open, but it will certainly not be his last title at the Grand Slam level. In fact, he remains a red-hot favorite to add to his trophy cabinet in one of the three remaining majors this year.

At 22, the future is extremely bright, and Sinner is tipped to continue this great run unabated. Being a Grand Slam champion adds a new layer to a player's mindset and ambition, so Sinner is unlikely to stop at one. This article highlights five reasons why the man from San Candido can win a second Grand Slam in 2024.

5. Rivals Priorities Could Shift

This being an Olympic year, each of the world's top-ranked players will be looking to dust their socks in Paris in their quest to win a medal. It's a huge honor to represent your country in the world's biggest multisport spectacle; for some, it is the pinnacle.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has made it clear that an Olympic gold medal ranks so high in his new year's wishlist as it remains the only big title missing on his illustrious resume. Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal want to team up for doubles.

Russian players will be allowed to compete as neutral athletes, so the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev will also contend for gold. So that leaves an opening for Sinner, who, at 22, has many more Olympics in the future. While he will have ambitions to win, too, Grand Slams will be his biggest priority.

4. Coaching Game Changers

After the Australian Open, one of the least talked about points was the vital role played by Sinner's two coaches, Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi. The Australian is a multi-Slam winning coach, having worked with former World No. 1s.

Cahill has reserved most of the credit for Vagnozzi, who works with Sinner pretty much on a daily basis. The 58-year-old is only entrusted to give his protege wisdom nuggets and help him with his mental side of the game. Nonetheless, Sinner has two world-class coaches at his disposal.

3. Momentum Player

One of Sinner's strongest attributes is that he is a momentum player. When he is winning, he is a difficult man to stop. He surfed into the new season after winning the Davis Cup for his country. He would carry that to the Australian Open, where he did not drop a set until the semifinal.

So if Sinner can piece up another long winning streak of some sort, potentially before Wimbledon or the US Open, he's got a great chance to add to his Grand Slam collection.

2. Underrated Return

While Sinner's serve has improved massively in the short amount of time he worked with Cahill and Vagnozzi, his return game is underrated and underappreciated. Maybe that has a lot to do with his belting game and ability to fire winners from any part of the court, that many people don't easily notice how good a returner he is.

But one of the key stats to emerge from his triumphant Australian Open run is that Sinner won the third-most points behind his opponent's first and second-serve returns (only Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev ranked higher). But it has to be mentioned that Sinner played fewer sets in seven matches.

1. The Psychological Factor

Three players likely to contend for the remaining three Grand Slams of 2024 are Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Daniil Medvedev. But Sinner has now beaten each of the trio in at least two successive head-to-head matches.

While past successes do not indicate that the purple patch will go on forever, it does point out that Sinner has a psychological edge in the matchup, which significantly improves his chances of doing better at the Grand Slams.


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