He has since soared to world No.19, following back-to-back titles in Sofia and Melbourne, his first Masters 1000 final in Miami and a semi-final in Barcelona.
“[He] has got a lot of talent and he has proven that he is the future of our sport. Actually, he is already the present of our sport [having] played a final [of an] ATP Masters 1000,” Djokovic said. “He is making big strides in professional tennis.”
Seven months Sinner’s junior, 76th-ranked Musetti has reached two tour-level semi-finals already this year – including on clay in Lyon last week – and beaten the likes of Diego Schwartzman and Felix Auger-Aliassime. His vanquisher in both semi-finals, Tsitsipas, was also glowing in his appraisal.
“I see him at the top,” Tsitsipas said. “I see no reason he won't be there, but that also will have to do a lot with his mentality and the way he approaches his tennis and how much he works hard to get to the top of the game. I see no reason that he won't be a good player. He has everything.”