Jannik Sinner probably has more confidence going up against Novak Djokovic than just about any player to ever play the Serb. At least for now anyway. Sinner has won three of the last four matches between the two players, including getting a victory against Djokovic in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Carlos Alcaraz did get one extremely important victory over Djokovic when the Spaniard won at Wimbledon in 2023 in a five-set final. This was Alcaraz's second career Grand Slam victory, and, as it turns out, the win kept Djokovic from a calendar Grand Slam. The Serb has won the last two meetings between the two players, however, at the Cincinnati Masters and the ATP Finals.
Both Alcaraz and Sinner have proven they can beat Djokovic, though. Both have defeated arguably the greatest player ever at a recent major. Are they overtaking Djokovic atop the ATP food chain? Not so fast, says former top ten player Tim Henman.
Novak Djokovic is still the 'man to beat,' according to Tim Henman
Speaking with Sky Sports News recently, Henman said that Djokovic is still the "man to beat" in every tournament he enters. Sure, Sinner and Alcaraz might be the future of tennis, but Novak Djokovic is still the now. Barring injury, the Serb will be the favorite entering Wimbledon and the US Open, and probably any Masters 1000 tournament he enters before and in between.
According to Henman, though, "If Alcaraz and Sinner stay injury free they’re going to play each other a lot in the biggest and best tournaments. To have these new rivals at such a young age with so many opportunities, that’s hugely exciting. However, for me Djokovic is still the player to beat...By his own admission he didn’t play well in the semifinals of Melbourne but he’s still the man to beat."
Djokovic likely could be the favorite at the French Open as well. That depends on whether Rafael Nadal is available to play. If Nadal is playing, he will always be the favorite.
As far as what the Serb will be wearing at Roland Garros, that outfit has allegedly been revealed, at least we think it has. On the Lacoste Korea site, Djokovic is pictured wearing a shirt with two burgundy-colored inserts and maroon shorts. He has worn these same kinds of colors during clay court seasons before. He has won a number of tournaments wearing the color scheme so why change a good thing?