Carlos Alcaraz drops some truth on Jannik Sinner in budding rivalry

Alcaraz said what he was really feeling about the Italian recently.

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In the first half of 2023, Carlos Alcaraz was the alpha of men's tennis. He was still ascending and had moved to No. 1 on the ATP tour. The Spaniard even defeated Novak Djokovic in a five-set final at Wimbledon and the future of tennis appeared to have arrived fully in the person of Alcaraz. But now another player seems to have overtaken Alcaraz.

Since 2023 Wimbledon, Alcaraz has surprisingly not won another tournament. But since last August, Jannik Sinner has won five titles, including the first Grand Slam of 2024, the Australian Open. He has moved up to No. 3 in the rankings and if he defeats Alcaraz in the semifinals at Indian Wells on Saturday, Sinner will displace the Spaniard at No. 2 on the ATP tour.

Sinner has yet to lose in 2024 but Alcaraz has a record of 8-3. Plus, he struggled with an ankle injury in February, though he appears to have completely overcome that. Both players are capable of beating any other player on any given surface or day. Alcaraz might be the physically stronger of the two, but Sinner seems to be the more cerebral.

Jannik Sinner versus Carlos Alcaraz should make for must-watch tennis

After defeating Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells setting up a matchup with Sinner, the Spaniard was asked in a press conference how he was going to approach the semifinal. Alcaraz did not hold back in effusive praise of the Italian. He said that Sinner would be his toughest match of 2024.

Alcaraz said, "Honestly, I don’t know how I’m gonna approach the match. He’s the best tennis player in the world right now, without a doubt."

Of course, maybe the current ATP No. 2 was just being nice. But Sinner does lead the head-to-head between the two players 4-3 and has won the last two meetings. At Indian Wells in 2023, though. Alcaraz defeated Sinner in the semifinals in straight sets before Sinner got revenge at the Miami Open.

In other words, anything can happen on Saturday with Carlos Alcaraz plays Jannik Sinner. That is great for tennis fans, however. The match makes for must-watch tennis.

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