Connors advises Alcaraz to change something to overcome Sinner

The former American legend talked about the young Carlitos, during the last episode of the Advantage Connors podcast

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Connors advises Alcaraz to change something to overcome Sinner
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The former tennis players Jimmy Connors talked about the new talents of the ATP Tour, focusing on Carlos Alcaraz. During an episode of the Advantage Connors podcast, the former American champion gave some advice to the young Spaniard, who is going through a period of psycho-physical crisis.

“Maybe Alcaraz needs to change a little bit and try to figure out something else. It's not a big move, just little scratches along the way that maybe he can change to counterbalance his opponents a little bit. He's going through a period of downtime But you can see he likes the game, he works hard and to continue to be at the top, he's going to have to stay that way.

All these guys are trying to say: Okay, that could be me now. It might be my turn now. They are starting to act like this and will only make things harder for each other.
Jannik Sinner is coming and Holger Rune is there. Many of these guys see that Roger Federer is gone and Rafael Nadal could wait for France and play the Olympics. Who knows what happens, Djokovic is still playing

At a young age, Carlos Alcaraz had pretty damn good success. But along with this also comes some injuries that we are aware of. I think some players have understood how to play him or how he plays. What he did so well initially took them by surprise. Maybe they've taken to this a little bit," Connors explained.

Carlos Alcaraz
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Alcaraz spent beautiful words for Sinner

At the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev will compete for second position in the ranking.

To become the first Italian able to go so high in history and set a new record, Sinner will need to achieve the same result or do better than Alcaraz. Winning the tournament would guarantee him overtaking.

Medvedev has the chance to play a trick on Alcaraz and Sinner by winning both the ATP 500 event in Dubai and Indian Wells. However, he did not face one of his direct rivals in the final.

In an interview with the newspaper Marca, Alcaraz analyzed Sinner's improvements, reiterating the great esteem he has for him.

"I have always said that there is no secret. Sinner has worked very hard and it shows. In every tournament he is very focused on the things he has to do, he is a hard worker. I have said this many times when speaking with Juan Carlos Ferrero.

If I compare it to the Sinner before, he has changed, he has become a great professional. He was already before and now even more so. He works every day and has clear ideas. Daily work pays off and that is what happened with Jannik. I am happy for him and his team."

Alcaraz reassured all his fans after the ankle injury that forced him to retire in Rio de Janeiro. The MRI showed a grade II lateral sprain and the Spaniard will take part in the exhibition with Rafael Nadal in Las Vegas and in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells as scheduled.