Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz represent the present and the future of tennis. Both, despite their young age, have shown that they can compete against the best players on the circuit and aspire to the very first positions in the ranking.
The South Tyrolean has already won five career ATP titles and reached the final in a Masters 1000 tournament. Alcaraz, for his part, won two tournaments, including the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro, beating Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini and Diego Schwartzman.
Sinner and Alcaraz will participate in the Indian Wells Masters 1000 in the coming weeks and are looking forward to taking the field. The first was included in the same portion of the board as Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Lorenzo Sonego; while the second could meet Daniil Medvedev in the round of 16.
Former Italian player Diego Nargiso, in an exclusive interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, focused on the differences that characterize Sinner and Alcaraz.
Nargiso analyzes the differences between Sinner and Alcaraz
He said: "Jannik's forehand comes from a more complicated story than Alcaraz's forehand, at first it was the weaker fundamental of the two, a shot that the South Tyrolean has improved a lot in the last three years.
Carlos' forehand is explosive and unpredictable, difficult to read, it hurts from anywhere on the pitch, both cross and line. In short, in Alcaraz’s arsenal of weapons it is a decisive, often definitive blow. Backhand? Jannik's diagonal backhand demonstrates a deadly confidence, you don't move him from there: he has sure supports, very few manage to scratch him on the left side.
The backhand is a devastating blow, with which he builds the game and misleads the opponent. Alcaraz uses this shot less, preferring the straight forehand. It is a linear shot, with which he manages to keep the exchange and when he chooses the line, it is more a weapon of preparation than decisive.
Service? Carlos is ready, adult. Both make the ball travel over 200 km per hour, but Carlos already has all the corners of the serve acquired: from the hit in the center to the slice with the ball out. In short, in the important moment, the service can get him out of trouble or give him points.
Jannik swayed between foot up and foot back, the two foot positions at the start of the serve movement, settling on the second. With Piatti he worked a lot on this fundamental shot, but I still see him immature."