“The Common Thing Is”: Jannik Sinner Opens up on Rivalry With Carlos Alcaraz After Rolex Paris Masters 2021 Defeat

Published 11/03/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) reacts after winning a point during in his second round match against Andy Murray (GBR) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


In what could be considered a battle between two future greats in men’s tennis, Carlos Alcaraz defeated the in-form Jannik Sinner in straight sets at the Rolex Paris Masters 2021, 7-6,7-5.

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It was an intense battle between two hard-hitting baseliners right from the starts as both Sinner and Alcaraz went toe-to-toe to clinch points from one another. But, it was the Spaniard who was able to get the better off Sinner when it needed the most.

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Speaking about Alcaraz after the defeat, the Italian was all praise for his contemporary as he hoped that they would go on to play many more matches in the future.

Jannik Sinner analyzes loss to Alcaraz at 2021 Rolex Paris Masters

A good match on both sides. Hopefully we can play many many more matches. I think it will be the case. We play at a very high level and we are young. It was a good start for both of us”, Sinner said.

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The Italian, however, remained optimistic of defeating Alcaraz in the future as he drew similarities between the two of them.

We both are different players, Alcaraz and I, but the common thing we have is that we work very very hard with great teams. He’s not focusing on the press excitement. I don’t either. Today was not my day, but we’ll play more matches”, told Sinner.

 

Sinner’s defeat will slim down his chances of making it to the year-end championships on his home-soil. But, the Italian can pick up a few points at the Stockholm Open if he opts to play there.

Sinner’s Turin hopes rely on Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz, and Cameron Norrie

Currently, the Italian’s chances of making it to Turin are entirely dependent upon the performances of players like Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz, and Cameron Norrie in Paris. As a result, Sinner will have to wait for this week to be completed before taking a decision on playing in Sweden.

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Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Jannik Sinner (ITA) hits a shot during his second round match against John Millman (AUS) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, this victory will give Carlos Alcaraz a chance to reach his first-ever Masters 1000 quarter-finals. Before that accomplishment, the Spaniard will have to face the Frenchman Hugo Gaston in the pre-quarters.

Over the past few months, the young Spaniard has been extremely impressive as he notched up victories against top players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, and Andy Murray. Looking at the way Alcaraz is playing, he can cause more top-seed upsets in the tournaments to come.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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