Carlos Alcaraz has lost the last two finals played in the ATP Tour against Italian tennis players. At the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg, Lorenzo Musetti took care of stopping the Spanish talent. In Umag, on the other hand, Jannik Sinner was the protagonist of an excellent comeback and won his sixth career title.
Alcaraz and Sinner have shown on more than one occasion that they represent the present and the future of tennis. Both have forged ahead and continue to grow game after game. The two have met three times and the italian, thanks to the victory obtained in Umag, leads 2-1 in the head-to-head matches.
Before the final on Croatian soil, the Italian and the Spaniard played an epic match in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Even in that case, Sinner prevailed, who then came close to defeating Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz and the rivalry with Jannik Sinner
Alcaraz said about his rivalry with Sinner. “Will Sinner-Alcaraz be a saga? I hope so! For sure we will have other battles ahead in big stadiums and we will fight to win big tournaments.
We are still young and we have a great future ahead. I really hope so. I want to play more battles against him in the future.” Sinner, at a press conference, also focused on the challenges of the future. “It is never easy to play against Alcaraz.
We will see how he and I will play in America, maybe we will face each other again. We have never challenged each other on outdoor hard courts, we lack this surface. He has shown that he can play well on any surface. He has won in Miam, Madrid and played many finals.
He will do very good things in the future. He is a good person.” Both Sinner and Alcaraz will take to the field at the Masters 1000 in Montreal to begin their preparations for the US Open. The goal of the two young stars of the ATP Tour is to overcome the best result achieved in the Grand Slam tournaments.
Both have played quarter-finals in a major more than once, but have never made it to the semi-finals. The last Grand Slam of 2022 will offer them this important chance.