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Alcaraz Blazed Trail for Sinner Slam Success

By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Monday, January 29, 2024

Rivalry celebration influenced Jannik Sinner to his first significant champion, states co-coach Darren Cahill.

Seeing his competitor, 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, catch a number of Grand Slam champions sustained Sinner’s historical drive in ending up being the very first Italian, male or female, to win the Australian Open songs champion.

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The 22-year-old Sinner roared back from a two-set deficit beating Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to make his first significant champion in a pulsating AO resurgence.

Sinner’s coaches, Simone Vagnozzi and Cahill, fulfilled the media in Melbourne later.

Cahill responded “Hell yeah” when asked if Alcaraz’s significant success influenced Sinner’s Slam advancement.

“Hell, yeah. Absolutely,” Cahill stated. “There’s no question seeing the young players come through and having success drives each and every one of them. Not just Jannik. They all desire it. They all want it.

“If they see among their compatriots or somebody of their generation having success, definitely. Then you check out what they’re doing, why they’re having success, and how are we going to duplicate it for us.”

The fourth-seeded Sinner is the very first Italian man in 48 years to catch a significant champion following in the steps of famous Adriano Panatta, the 1976 Roland Garros champ.

Of course, Alcaraz and Sinner took on in a timeless 2022 United States Open quarterfinal that’s commonly considered as among the very best guys’s matches over the last few years. Alcaraz warded off Sinner, 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3, then went on to beat Casper Ruud to win his first significant in New York.

Since that match, Sinner has actually beaten the Spanish super star in 2 of their last 3 encounters—dominating in the 2023 Miami Open semifinals and Beijing semifinals—and leads Alcaraz 4-3 in their head-to-head series.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic frequently credits his chase of Big 3 competitors Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the driving force that empowered him to establish a more total video game and end up being the Grand Slam king.

Given Sinner has actually won 10 of his last 11 matches vs. Top 5 challengers and snapped 10-time AO champ Novak Djokovic’s 33-match Australian Open winning streak in the semifinals, you can make a case the world No. 4 is the very best gamer on the planet today.

Coach Cahill states Alcaraz continues to be a barometer for Sinner’s success: The objective for Team Sinner is to ultimately advance Alcaraz.

“Carlos has trail blazed for a lot of young players,” Cahill stated. “We’re thankful for that. He’s a delight to watch play, and a delight to watch him on court.

“We desire be as excellent as him and ideally one day be much better than him, however at the minute we’re going after Carlos, and we’ll continue to do that.”

Photo credit: BNL Internazionali d’Italia Facebook


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