Legendary coach reveals who between Alcaraz and Sinner has best grass-court tennis

Paul Annacone analyzed the grass-court tennis of the two young players in an interview for AT

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Legendary coach reveals who between Alcaraz and Sinner has best grass-court tennis
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Grass-court tennis is the most iconic, difficult and unpredictable, even if it has changed a lot in recent years due to the continuous (and annoying) slowdown of the surface. Today there are not many talents capable of expressing pleasant tennis on grass courts; one of them is certainly Carlitos Alcaraz.

The legendary Paul Annacone, former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, talked about the differences between the young Spaniard's grass-court tennis compared to that of his rival Jannik Sinner, in an official interview for ATP.

Carlitos Alcaraz
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"As far as I'm concerned, even though the game on grass has evolved, the most effective players on this surface are those who are good with the first shot. Sinner made a big improvement on his second serve. The accuracy and speed of his first serve have increased. When you look at those two things and his ability to respond aggressively, I think they're going to be critical to his success on grass. I believe everyone needs to find their own way on different surfaces.

The best players don't think, 'Oh, I'll play on grass,' but, 'Now I'll change my game to make things work.' Even though Sinner moves much, much better now, he's a tall guy. I think this is one of the disadvantages compared to a tennis player who moves like Carlos Alcaraz. He will probably move in a more balanced way than Sinner will on the grass. If I consider Sinner's improvements, those on serve in particular, I think this is a huge advantage. As well as his formidable response," he told.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Justin Setterfield / Staff Getty Images Sport

Analyzing the continuous progress made by Jannik Sinner in his game - especially on serve - the expectations ahead of the grass season are very high. The Italian reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, losing only to Novak Djokovic. Sinner will play his first Slam as number 1 in the ATP ranking on the lawns of the All England Club, where he will repeat the long-distance duel with Carlos Alcaraz, defending champion at the Championships

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