Alcaraz's impressive Slam record show why he's better the Sinner

The young Spaniard is rewriting tennis history

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Alcaraz's impressive Slam record show why he's better the Sinner
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Carlos Alcaraz can truly be considered the heir of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, much more than Jannik Sinner. In the semi-final of the Roland Garros, won in 5 sets against Jannik Sinner, he also showed signs of mental resilience, a quality with which he beat a boy with a steely mind like Sinner. Don't hold it against me Jannik, but Alcaraz is on another level. He is the strongest and most complete tennis player of his generation, as demonstrated by the three Slam finals reached on three different surfaces.

In terms of technique, talent, physicality, style of play suitable for every surface, victories and titles, it is clear that (at least at the moment) Carlitos is one step ahead of Jannik. The Spaniard is also two years younger than the Italian, it should be underlined and, in head-to-head matches, he is now ahead 5-4. To get in touch with Sinner and the rest of the Tour, Alcaraz needs to improve his mental stability and some moments in which he tends to express a spectacular but not very concrete game. If he can improve these two situations, he will become relentless for all his opponents.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Dan Istitene / Staff Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz reached his first final in Paris, establishing an incredible record of precociousness. The 21-year-old is in fact the youngest in history to reach a Grand Slam final on all 3 surfaces: hard court, grass, clay. All at the age of 21, just turned. Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal and Jim Courier had also achieved this feat at a young age, but only at 22 years old. Alcaraz, like his idol Nadal, is disintegrating any type of record. Thanks to this success Carlos became the second youngest man since 2000 to reach the Roland Garros final, just behind his legendary countryman Nadal.

"The toughest matches I've played in my short career were against Jannik. The 2022 US Open... this shows the great player Jannik is, the team he has, the great work he does every day. I hope to play many more matches like this against Jannik. Yes, this was definitely one of the hardest games I've played. This is the key. Even more so here on the clay of Roland Garros. Long meetings. 4 hour matches. 5 Sep. You have to fight and suffer. As I have told my team several times, you have to enjoy suffering," analyzed Carlitos at the press conference.