Alcaraz and Sinner's rivalry writes history: the data like that of the Fab 4

A data on the rivalry between the young Spaniard and the young Italian shows the precociousness of these two young talents

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Alcaraz and Sinner's rivalry writes history: the data like that of the Fab 4
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The victory at the BNP Paribas Open allowed Carlos Alcaraz to find success again 9 months after the last title won.

By beating Daniil Medvedev in the final, the young Spaniard defended the title he won in Indian Wells last year, won his first title of 2024 and defended the 2nd position of  the ATP ranking from the attacks of Jannik Sinner, beating his young Italian rival in the semifinals.

Precisely with the victory against Sinner he interrupted one of the longest winning streaks that a tennis player has ever had in recent years. Sinner was coming off 19 consecutive victories, 16 consecutive in 2024. The young Italian's last defeat dates back to the final of the 2023 ATP Finals, lost against Novak Djokovic.

The rivalry between Alcaraz and Sinner has already reached their eighth head-to-head. By winning the semi-final against the Italian tennis player, the Spaniard brought the previous results to perfect parity: 4 draws.

Going back in time and with other illustrious rivalries, we can see how few have matured at their age (20 Alcaraz, 22 Sinner), already this head-to-head number.
Jannik and Carlos join a list of tennis rivalries among players (like the Fab 4 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) who met eight times before reaching the age of 23: Nadal-Djokovic, Nadal-Murray, Federer-Hewitt, Federer-Roddick and Safin-Hewitt.

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz analyzes his rivalry with Sinner

"It's a great rivalry with Jannik and putting an end to a streak like his is incredible for me. It's difficult to start the match and then stop, then start again, it was difficult but I'm happy with how the match went. I didn't start well but I'm happy to have won. Every time I face Jannik I get nervous, that's for sure.

I have to play at 100% if I want to beat him, but I didn't think about the fact that I was behind in the previous games. Now we're equal so I won't have to think about that. I felt like I was playing at home and yet I'm on the other side of the world. Every time I fight Jannik I think it's an incredible fight, it's great that the crowd enjoys us.

We have already faced each other a couple of times and we know how to approach the match and the game. Every match I know my opponent better than in previous matches, this time it was slower than in the past, then obviously I won't reveal my tactics, we could face each other again in Miami!" revealed the young Spaniard after the victory against Sinner.