In a recent interview, Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz revealed that he hoped his rivalry with Jannik Sinner would become like the one (or at least similar) between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The number 2 in the ATP ranking said: "To be honest, it would be fantastic if it was like Rafa and Roger."
Many fans, on X, did not particularly appreciate the words of the young Spaniard, that he brought up what for millions of fans is a sacred rivalry, not to be touched: that between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Here are the most meaningful comments shared by users on X:
What an honor as a fan of Jannik to have Carlos show him so much respect and consideration!
just watched the full interview & he's even more deranged than this clip.
q: does it hurt especially losing to jannik?
Carlos: against him it's different, it's different, I feel different.
everyone loves fedal even if you wont admit it.
Alcaraz praises Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz is ready for his first match at the ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai, a tournament he has never played before.
The Spaniard, considering the absence of Novak Djokovic, will be the number one seed and will face Gregoire Barrere in the second round. The main obstacles in Alcaraz's path should initially be Daniel Evans, Karen Khachanov and Taylor Fritz.
Alcaraz lost for the fourth time against Jannik Sinner at the ATP 500 tournament in Beijing, an opponent who suffers and who he respects a lot. The Italian won his ninth title at the China Open, dispelling the Daniil Medvedev taboo in the final.
A result that did not surprise Alcaraz.
He said: "I didn't see the whole match, but I'm not surprised at all. I know Sinner's qualities and the level he is able to express. He is one of the best in the world and can beat anyone.
I'm not surprised by the final. I know he lost six consecutive matches against Medvedev, but sometimes you can become a better player thanks to certain defeats. You study your opponent's game and understand what you did wrong in previous matches to improve and be able to beat a rival next time I'm really happy for him, but honestly I expected him to win, because he was playing at an incredible level."
Alcaraz's main objective is to return to the top of the world rankings in the shortest possible time: "Conquering first position again: this is my main objective in the last part of the season. But I also have to learn from failures to improve every day. Obviously number one is in my mind."