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Mats Wilander Favors Carlos Over Sinner But…

By Scoop Malinowski

The Nike Carlos and Sinner Era has commenced and one former Grand Slam champ and world no. 1 has analyzed and surmised that the 21 year old Spanish dynamo is the superior player.

“Alcaraz has shown that he doesn’t have to play his best tennis to win. He will be able to win many more Slams thanks to his aggressive game and the great courage he shows in important points. The match always depends on his performance. Sinner is number one only for the computer, Alcaraz is stronger,” said Mats Wilander.

Alcaraz lead the head to head series vs the 22 year old 5-4 overall and 3-2 on hard courts. Carlos also leads the Grand Slam count 3-1 and overall title count 14-13.

But if one can critique Wilander’s analysis, it doesn’t seem to consider the possibilities that Sinner, at age 22, is not yet a fully matured, complete player. He can still evolve his game and weapons and refine his tactics. Sinner has already demonstrated he can dominate Carlos, as he beat him two times in a row in 2022 at Wimbledon and Umag final 67 61 61.

Sinner also beat Carlos two in a row last year in Miami and Beijing. However Carlos has won their last two matches both this year in Indian Wells semis (three sets) and French Open semis (five sets).

There’s no doubt Sinner has not yet come close to reaching his peak as a champion at age 22 and by his late 20s with more experience, Sinner can keep progressing and solve the Carlos puzzle.

Alcaraz will always be a difficult player to beat, with his vast arsenal of weapons, speed of light movement, devastating strike power from anywhere on the court and his insatiable hunger to win tennis matches.

It’s a fascinating rivalry with many more chapters to be written and many more dynamic duels to be contested all over the planet. At 5-4 the rivalry has only just begun and over the next decade or two, the Italian Stallion and smiling Spanish Bull will surely meet dozens more times and figure out the patterns and tactics of each other just like the Djokovic, Federer, Nadal.

And who knows, a third or even fourth unknown player could rise to the impossible challenge and invade the Sinner Alcaraz monopoly party, or even overthrow the two kings like Djokovic managed.

(Carlos artwork by Ted Dimond.)

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  • Steve · June 12, 2024 at 11:54 am

    Did Boss pay Fritz more money to get him to drop Nike?

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 12, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    The guess is yes they did as Fritz is an establishment favorite. But then again he’s not really a fan favorite, personality to bland and reserved, he hasn’t won big yet and maybe Nike determined he doesn’t move product.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 12, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    Change of pace: NYC handball great Biofile with John Rookie Wright

  • Steve · June 15, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    …agree on Sinner & Alcaraz…classic tortoise & hare situation

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 15, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    Steve, Carlos seems to want it more. Not sure if Sinner is as obsessed to be the best like Carlos, of if he’s just kind of happy to get to No. 1 more so than hold it and dominate.

  • Steve · June 16, 2024 at 7:10 pm

    IDK let’s not mistake his humbleness and great sportsmanship for a lack of desire. Let’s see how things play out. He surely wanted it at the Aussie.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 16, 2024 at 7:33 pm

    Good points. Sampras didn’t show much desire but no man ever wanted it more, until the next gens came. Very curious to see if Sinner turns out to be a Rafter Guga Kafelnikov short term no. 1 or a dominant force. I can’t read this guy at all !



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