World No. 9 Jannik Sinner hopes he and Carlos Alcaraz will play many more times in the future.
On Wednesday, Sinner exited the Paris Masters after Alcaraz claimed a 7-6 (1) 7-5 win over the Italian.
“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 after the loss, per Tennis Majors.
Sinner is 20, while Alcaraz is just 18.
Both are considered as the future of tennis.
“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,” Sinner explained.
Sinner impressed by Alcaraz’s abilities
“We don’t talk about age anymore (concerning Alcaraz). He’s so complete that it’s incredible,” Sinner claimed.
In 2019, Alcaraz beat Sinner at the Alicante Challenger.
“It was my second match versus Alcaraz, not the first. I played him in a Challenger in 2019 on clay. He beat me there, he beat me here. (smile),” Sinner added.
Sinner is fighting for a Nitto ATP Finals and he badly needed a win over Alcaraz.
However, Alcaraz had other plans and he was glad that he managed to surprise the Italian.
“I’m so happy for this win as Jannik was fighting for a spot at the [Nitto] ATP Finals,” said Alcaraz. “It’s my third Top 10 win of the year. I think Jannik and I will have a great rivalry in the future… I think that I played really, really aggressive, more than him. I think that was one of the keys.”
Alcaraz plays Frenchman Hugo Gaston in the Paris round-of-16.