Besides Daniil Medvedev, between the group of aging megastars such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Nadal to the up-and-coming potential superstars of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, there is a bit of a wasteland. That is not good for the sport of tennis overall.
Sure, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are good players, but they do not really seem capable of running off a bunch of Grand Slam wins. Medvedev might win a couple of more US Opens, at least. But if Djokovic ever decides to digress as a player, others are going to need to take his place long-term. Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz appear to be possible heirs to Djokovic’s throne.
Sinner finished 2023 on more of an uptick than did Alcaraz. Alcaraz defeated Djokovic in a fantastic Wimbledon final but did not win a tournament the rest of the year. Jannik Sinner won three tournaments after Wimbledon and defeated Djokovic twice in three matches over a two-week span in November. But between Sinner and Alcaraz, who might have the better 2024?
Cam Norrie has a guess about whether Carlos Alcaraz or Jannik Sinner is better in 2024
According to Cam Norrie, the number 18 ranked player on the ATP tour who has been ranked as high as 8, there is no question who will be better next year. Plus, Norrie implies there is not much competition about who will be better far into the future. The clear answer, according to Norrie, is Carlos Alcaraz.
Norrie told Tennis365, “I think Alcaraz has a more complete game. He moves better than Sinner, has more variety on the forehand, better drop shots, he volleys better than Sinner. More skillful with the slice. So I’d say Alcaraz has a better year than Sinner. Let’s see, I could be wrong.”
Goodness, the way Norrie phrases the Jannik Sinner-Carlos Alcaraz debate, one might think Sinner is not actually that good at all. Plus, it needs to be noted that Norrie has played Alcaraz six times already with the Spaniard beating the Brit four times. Those meetings have clearly made Norrie a fan of Alcaraz.
But Norrie has not yet played Sinner so he can only really judge the Sinner-Alcaraz debate on the matches he has played against Alcaraz. Once Sinner beats Norrie a time or two, Norrie might feel differently about the Italian. Either way, clearly Sinner and Alcaraz are among a new generation of tennis players who could elevate the sport further.