Refusing to Rule Out Novak Djokovic’s Reign of Terror, Carlos Alcaraz’s Italian Rival Snubs Himself in a Brutally Honest Admission

Published 09/27/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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With Roger Federer retiring from the sport, Rafael Nadal out of the tour due to injury and Novak Djokovic in the last years of his playing career, fans and pundits were a bit curious as to who will take the baton ahead from the greats. However, to everyone’s surprise, in no time, the upcoming tennis players have stepped up and have shown immense potential to become the next greats. With players like Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and others stepping in, the future of tennis looks in safe hands.

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While the rivalry between Jannik Sinner and Alcaraz already shaping up for the upcoming years, the 20-year-old Italian came up with a shocking revelation. After Carlos Alcaraz declared the young Italian as his biggest rival, Sinner believes that the biggest rivalry in sport, at the moment, does not revolve around him.

Jannik Sinner spots the biggest current rivalry in tennis with good reasoning

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Jannik Sinner, the Italian sensation, has offered his insights about the rivalries in sport. While highlighting Carlos Alcaraz’s talent, he restricted from declaring himself as Alcaraz’s main rival. Instead, Sinner pointed to the impressive achievements of Alcaraz, including multiple stints as the world’s number-one player. Rather, he suggested that, at the moment, the biggest rivalry in tennis is between Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.

While commenting on this, he also said that he wishes to concentrate on himself. Not only this, Sinner also said that he feels that he has the ability to be the best someday but at the moment, it is the top 2 in the ATP rankings who battle it out for the best in the business.

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“At the moment it’s tough to talk about my rivalry with Carlos bc I feel he has won so many things at the moment. At the moment he’s still a better player, no? He has shown this. He was world #1 already a couple of times. I think at the moment, the biggest rivalry is between him & Novak. At the moment I’m very focused on myself bc I have to improve also physically,” said Sinner while highlighting the main rivalry in tennis at the moment.

Interestingly, Carlos Alcaraz, who won the Wimbledon this year called Jannik Sinner as his main rival in tennis. While Sinner promises to improve his game to an even better level, it is the Serbian and the Spaniard who battle out for the best in tennis debate at the moment, according to Sinner.

With the Serbian legend going into the penultimate years of his career, it is the young guns that will lead the way to glory in the upcoming days. While Jannik Sinner feels that he might not be at his best at the moment, there are many who believe that he can be a future great, including the likes of Serena Williams‘ former coach.

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Serena Willaims’ former coach believes Sinner, Alcaraz, and Rune are future greats

In an interview, Rick Macci revealed that Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz are two gems of the future. In his interview, he suggested that the two will battle out for glory in the future while hinting that Holger Rune could also join the party.

He further continued by stating that if he had to pick any three people whom he thought could make up for the upcoming G.O.A.T. debate, it would be them. While expressing his admiration for Alcaraz, he went ahead to say that he could be the next big thing that the world would witness in tennis.

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Thus, the likes of Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz, and Holger Rune could build an interesting rivalry in the sport. While Sinner sidelines himself at the moment, his fans eagerly wait to see him get back to his level best in the sport.

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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