Paul McNamee praises Jannik Sinner

Alcaraz beats Sinner in the French Open semifinal

by Simone Brugnoli
 Paul McNamee praises Jannik Sinner
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Same stakes and same court - Court Philippe-Chatrier - but different opponent. A rival, however, capable of arousing something special in him: because it is with Jannik Sinner that he will have to fight to win the most important tournaments on the major circuit in the years to come.

Who knows how many times Carlos Alcaraz will have thought about the semi-final lost against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2023, when the cramps caused by the strong tension took over his body preventing him from competing at his full potential starting from that third set that could have decided the fate of the match.

Jannik Sinner
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The Spaniard has always shown that he learns lessons quickly - a month later he would conquer Wimbledon by beating the Serbian - and, on this occasion, on the same playing field he went on to take that much-desired final by beating Sinner with the score of 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Alcaraz became the youngest player in history to reach the final of a Slam on all three surfaces, the second-youngest finalist in Paris since 2000, and will have the chance to compete for the title at a Major for the third time in his career. Former Australian doubles No.1 Paul McNamee commented on the French Open semifinal.

Paul McNamee praises Jannik Sinner

"Carlos Alcaraz prevails in 5 sets over Jannik Sinner… great effort by Sinner on clay, showing more variety with the drop shot, but tbh not impressive by Alcaraz… won by his standards with half a forehand… will need to tidy it up pronto," Paul McNamee, former Australian doubles No. 1, wrote.

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz
Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz© Dan Istitene / Staff Getty Images Sport

A great battle especially mental. In the end it was the player with the most from a physical point of view who took the important success. Carlos Alcaraz guaranteed himself the Roland Garros final, the one that eluded him back in 2023 due to cramps against Novak Djokovic, overcoming after 5 hard-fought sets a Jannik Sinner who lacked energy in the climax of the confrontation, although he was very good at putting himself ahead 2-1.

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