The one between Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner could become one of the most exciting rivalries of the next few years. The 19-year-old Spaniard made a terrific start to the season and became the third youngest player in history to lift a Masters 1000 trophy at the Miami Open.
In addition to the victory obtained on American hardcourt, Alcaraz won the ATP 500 tournaments in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona and won the top ten with merit. Sinner, on the other hand, went all the way to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open before ending his historic collaboration with Riccardo Piatti.
The new partnership with Simone Vagnozzi, as normal, will require time to perfect the shots and the tactical scheme to follow match after match.
Jannik Sinner: "I never think of Alcaraz"
Both have shown that they have a deep respect for each other.
The only precedent was held at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy last year and saw the Spaniard triumph in two hard-fought sets. Alcaraz said about the Italian: "Jannik is strong. He is a top 10, he has won 5 titles, it is not so significant that I have beaten him or that I have overtaken him in the standings.
Each match has its own story. I dreamed of finding myself in his position, after Miami I am even in front of him." In an exclusive interview with the newspaper Il Corriera della Sera, Sinner talked about Alcaraz's progress and his desire for change: "No, everyone plays his tennis and makes his own path.
I never think about Carlos, his speed of growth and his talent. I only think of myself." Sinner, this week, participated in the Mutua Madrid Open and suffered a severe defeat in the round of 16 against one of the best versions of Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The South Tyrolean has already reached Rome and carried out the first training session on the Central Field in view of the next edition of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Alcaraz with not play the Italian Open in Rome: the two young player could be both present at the Roland Garros.