Former number 1 in the world Tracy Austin believes it is only a matter of time before promising youngsters such as Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner reach their first Grand Slam final. 19-year-old Alcaraz and 20-year-old Sinner collided in the Umag final as the Italian took a 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-1 victory.
Alcaraz and Sinner are considered one of the most promising players of the younger generation, especially Alcaraz – who has won two Masters titles and is the fourth player in the world. “I think now it’s just a matter of when – when are they (Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune, Brandon Nakashima and Lorenzo Musetti) going to make their first Grand Slam final, when are they going to get their first Grand Slam championship Austin said on the Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.
“And how often do they play each other deep. That is very exciting for men’s tennis.”
Jimmy Arias thinks Alcaraz, Sinner could be the next dominant forces at play
Former top 5 player Arias agreed with Austin that it is an exciting time for the men’s game as he believes there are youngsters who are showing signs of greatness.
“It seems there are always these generations of greatness,” Arias said. “And I kind of remember Djokovic, Del Potro, Marin Cilic, they were all 19, Andy Murray, all the same age doing their thing at a young age.
This might be the next – that generation that’s going to dominate for a decade or so.” Some think Alcaraz and Sinner could be the next big rivalry and it makes sense as both are very young and clearly very talented players.
Sinner has beaten Alcaraz twice in the past month, while also beating the Spaniard when they met at Wimbledon. Sinner leads the head-to-head against Alcaraz at the top level 2-1. Alcaraz defeated Sinner at the Paris Masters last year, before the Italian defeated the Spaniard at Wimbledon and Umag.