Former world No. 1 Tracy Austin feels it is just a matter of time promising youngsters such as Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner make their first Grand Slam final. Alcaraz, 19, and 20-year-old Sinner clashed in the Umag final as the Italian claimed a 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-1 win.
Alcaraz and Sinner are considered as one of the most promising players from the younger generation, especially Alcaraz - who has won two Masters titles and is the fourth-ranked player in the world. "I think now it's just a question of when - when are they (Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune, Brandon Nakashima and Lorenzo Musetti) going to make their first Grand Slam final, when are they going to take their first Grand Slam championship," Austin said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.
"And how many times will they play each other deep. That's very exciting for men's tennis."
Jimmy Arias thinks Alcaraz, Sinner could be the next dominant forces in the game
Former top-5 player Arias agreed with Austin that it's an exciting time for the men's game as he believes there are youngsters who are showing signs of greatness.
"Seems like there's always these generations of greatness," Arias said. "And I remember sort of Djokovic, Del Potro, Marin Cilic, they were all 19, Andy Murray, all the same age kind of doing their thing at an early age.
This is the next perhaps - that generation that is going to dominate for a decade or so." Some think that Alcaraz and Sinner could form the next big rivalry and it makes sense since both are very young and clearly very talented players.
Sinner has now beaten Alcaraz twice in the last month as he also defeated the Spaniard when they met at Wimbledon. Sinner leads the head-to-head versus Alcaraz on the main level 2-1. Alcaraz defeated Sinner at the Paris Masters last year, before the Italian beat the Spaniard at Wimbledon and Umag.