Toni Nadal: "Jannik Sinner will be Carlos Alcaraz's biggest rival"


Toni Nadal: "Jannik Sinner will be Carlos Alcaraz's biggest rival"
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Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of Spanish legend Rafael Nadal, analyzed Jannik Sinner's victory at the Australian Open 2024, underlining how the Italian win could be a watershed in the tennis we know.

Uncle Toni believes the Italian has taken the significant step to legitimize his role as Carlos Alcaraz's main rival once and for all. And this is precisely what the Spanish coach commented in an editorial in the Spanish newspaper El País.

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner© Giorgio Perottino / Stringer Getty Images Sport

"I started to think that Jannik would not be able to resist and overcome the nerves that such a duel implies. But it was precisely in the next game that he managed to release his anxiety and began to hit the ball with greater speed. From that moment on, and I talked about it to my children, he didn't miss a single point." explained Toni Nadal about the final with Daniil Medvedev.

"Sinner will be Alcaraz's biggest rival in the coming years"

Toni, analyzing the Australian Open final, try to explain the key of Medvedev's defeat. "When a player's shots are no longer enough to win, he has no choice but to resort to tactics. But Medvedev didn't even have a choice. The Italian's power and precision completely destroyed him," told Toni.

Expressing on Sinner's success with his children, Toni Nadal reached an important conclusion. "Once the match was over, I commented on the match with my children. I fear that this big and significant step could change the landscape of tennis in the coming years. Although Sinner had long been considered Alcaraz's most likely rival, he lacked a victory of that magnitude to back it up. He will be our tennis player's biggest rival in the coming years," he analyzed.

We would like to recall that Sinner leads the head-to-head against the young Spanish rival for 4-3.

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