Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner says Roger Federer can never be underestimated as he has expressed hope to play the Swiss at least once before he retires.
Federer, 40, hasn’t played much over the last two years as he has had three knee surgeries since 2020.
Sinner has had meetings with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic but never against Federer.
Federer, who underwent a third knee surgery last August, has signed up to play the Laver Cup in late September and an ATP event in Basel, which takes place in October.
Federer definitely plans to return later this year but for how long he plans to play remains a mistery.
“I would say yes, even if the road is long. With the talent he has, Roger can always surprise. I would like to face him before he retires; he is the only one of the Big Three that I miss; with Nadal and Djokovic I played. It would be wonderful: I will tell my grandchildren in the mountains, in front of the fireplace,” Sinner told Corriere dello Sport, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Sinner on meeting Lindsay Vonn
Sinner, one of the most promising players on the ATP Tour, met ski superstar Vonn.
Sinner had a thrill meeting Vonn as he says it’s always great to speak to a successful athlete.
“It was interesting to understand how a champion approaches sport, to listen to the sacrifices of a career, to learn from her injuries. I consider the hours spent with Lindsey a privilege,” Sinner said.
As a kid, Sinner trained skiing and tennis.
Eventually, Sinner decided to focus on tennis.
“Very well! Skiing with her was one of my dreams. I come from skiing, slalom and giant, of which I was Italian junior champion. As a kid, I liked Bode Miller, but meeting Vonn was legendary: she came to my house; we went up together; we met,” Sinner said.