Boris Becker opens up on Jannik Sinner vs Carlos Alcaraz matchup

Alcaraz and Sinner are ready for the Roland Garros semi-final

by Simone Brugnoli
Boris Becker opens up on Jannik Sinner vs Carlos Alcaraz matchup
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"Everyone knew the draw and everyone wanted to see this semifinal: me too!" When the Roland Garros men's main draw was drawn, fans marked a particular day on their calendars: Friday, June 7. The hope was to witness the ninth chapter of the rivalry between Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner; a rivalry destined to become history.

The tennis world has decided to grant this wish, because the Spaniard and the Italian will find themselves against each other with a place in the final of the Parisian Slam at stake. Both have raised the level round after round, reaching the semifinals with great confidence: Alcaraz clearly defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, another of the main favorites to win the title; Sinner dominated the match with Grigor Dimitrov.

In a recent interview with Tennis365, Boris Becker talked about Sinner-Alcaraz’s semifinal.

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Alcaraz and Sinner are ready

“These two guys Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz are young and they are already under a lot of pressure, but I couldn’t tell you if one is going to win ten Grand Slams and the other will win 15.

I just don’t know. “What we can say is a lot depends on injuries. What we have seen with Novak Djokovic is he was still winning three of the four Grand Slams last year when he was 36” – Boris Becker stated.

“Staying fit and fresh is the biggest challenge for Carlos and Jannik as that will affect how many titles they win in their careers”. It's the two of them again, facing each other, to play a match worth a lot. Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, rivals on the court but great friends off it, will vie for a spot in the prestigious Roland Garros final: the Spaniard will try again after his unsuccessful attempt last year (cramps stopped him against Novak Djokovic), while the Italian will play the semifinal in Paris for the first time in his career.

This will be the ninth head-to-head clash on the major circuit between the two, who have early on sparked a fascinating rivalry. The record is perfectly even (4-4), with the young man from Murcia winning the last meeting this year in Indian Wells but losing the only match played on clay (in the final in Umag in 2022).

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