“Carlos Alcaraz makes me a better player,” Jannik Sinner addresses his rivalry ahead of a likely semi-final clash against the Spaniard
Jannik Sinner defeats Emil Ruusuvuori in the quarterfinals to reach the semis and play against the winner of Alcaraz and Fritz
Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner eagerly shared his excitement for a potential semifinal rematch against Carlos Alcaraz at the 2023 Miami Open. Alcaraz had previously defeated the Italian in straight sets during the Indian Wells Masters semifinals earlier this month. Despite a rain delay, Sinner secured his place in the Miami Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Emil Ruusuvuori and has maintained his commanding performance with consecutive straight-sets wins.
Impressively, he has yet to lose a set during his quest for his first ATP Masters 1000 title. Sinner is set to take on the victor of the other quarter-final match between top-ranked player Carlos Alcaraz and American Taylor Fritz, which was postponed on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall. The match has been rescheduled for Thursday.
Jannik Sinner commented on the upcoming quarterfinal match between Carlos Alcaraz and Taylor Fritz, which will determine his next opponent after his own victory. With regards to Carlos Alcaraz, who is expected to face him in the semifinals, Sinner said, “The court, I won against him on grass. I won against him on clay, and the clay was very slow in Umag. We played in the evening, and it was quite slow. Here the court is fast. I don’t know. I think we both feel good here on these courts.”
He further added and said, “Also, him, I saw him playing his…he’s obviously moving very, very fast and everything, so the court, for sure, is different. We will know after the match, but as I said, he has a tough match today against Taylor. He serves very good, and if you serve good against Carlos, it’s already good. Obviously he is returning very well and moving well, but I don’t want to talk about only the potential match against Carlos, because he has a tough match today.”
Jannik Sinner is all set for the semifinals in Miami
The prospect of another semifinal encounter with Alcaraz lifted the spirits of the Italian. Sinner revealed his eagerness to face the teenage sensation once again, as he poses a tough competition that pushes him to raise his performance to the utmost level. Additionally, Sinner acknowledged the contrast in court velocities between Indian Wells and Miami, which he believes could influence the outcome of his potential semifinal bout against Carlos Alcaraz.
Speaking about it Sinner said, “Well, for sure I think Carlos and Taylor, they have a tough match, no, today still. Hopefully they can play today with the rain. But, yeah, if I play against Taylor, it is a little bit different than I play against Carlos. Carlos is, yeah, he can mix up the game a little bit more. Talking about last match, and if we play here, I would be happy to play against him again because I look forward for these kind of matches. As I said there, I feel like he makes me a better player.”
Moreover, he pointed out that the swifter playing surface in Miami would favor both competitors and might have a bearing on the outcome of the match. Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz have clashed five times before in ATP Tour events. Alcaraz has emerged triumphant in three of those meetings, with all of his victories over the Italian transpiring on hard courts.