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Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner put together an exceptional rally ahead of the Canadian Open

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Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner hit the practice courts in Montreal ahead of their second-round matches at the Canadian Open. The pair was seen sweating and produced outstanding rallies.

Their session featured great variety as the rivals attempted crossfire, came to the net, produced volleys and struck stunning winners.

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Tennis TV shared a preview of one of their most electrifying rallies on their Twitter account and even called it a tournament point.

Tournament point before it even starts?! 🤯@janniksin & @carlosalcaraz shine in their practice @OBNMontréal todayWatch some of the highlights 👇

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Both the Spaniard and the Italian have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the tennis world lately. The duo have been touted as the next biggest rivalry in tennis and it was evident in their recent clashes. Both have had magnificent seasons so far.

Carlos Alcaraz has accumulated four titles this season, including two in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and the Madrid Open. His other two titles came at the Barcelona Open and the Rio Open. He also reached his second Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2022 French Open, where he was ousted by Alexander Zverev.

Jannik Sinner notably reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open as well as Wimbledon. He won his first title in 2022 at the recently concluded Croatia Open. It was a sensational final as the Italian beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1 to lift the trophy.

It was their second meeting in a month, with Sinner leading each time. Sinner beat the teenager in the fourth round of Wimbledon 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3.

Following his second straight loss to the Italian, a disappointed Alcaraz vowed in his post-match speech that he would soon find a way to tackle the 20-year-old.

“Jannik, second time you beat me this year, I will figure out how to beat you this year,” Alcaraz promised.


Apart from Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz has been beaten by 2 other Italians this year

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner on potential collision course in Canadian Open semifinals
Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner on potential collision course in Canadian Open semifinals

Carlos Alcaraz has recorded 42 wins against seven losses so far this season. Of the seven defeats, four were at the hands of the Italians.

The young Spaniard’s year began with a third-round loss to Italian Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open. Berrettini beat Alcaraz 6-2, 7-6(3), 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(5).

At Wimbledon, Jannik Sinner outplayed the teenager and later in the European Open final in Hamburg, Italian Lorenzo Musetti got the better of Alcaraz 6-4, 6-7(6), 6 -4 to win his first ATP title.

The world number 4’s final defeat came at Umag when he lost a second time to Jannik Sinner and failed to defend the title.

Ahead of the Croatia Open final, Alcaraz admitted he was dreading playing against the Italians.

“I have nightmares with Italian players, but I try to show my best,” he said.

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Spaniard further opened up about his loss to the trio.

“They are all very strong players with completely different characteristics. They really gave me a hard time, although in some cases I missed the victory because of some small details. Sinner is undoubtedly the one who gives me a hard time. surprised the most. Against Berrettini, I knew what I was going to face, I knew his style, with Musetti the same, but Jannik surprised me: by his way of being on the field and by the level of aggression that he manages to express in each exchange, ”analyzes the Spaniard.

At the Canadian Open, Alcaraz and Sinner find themselves in the same half of the field and are on a potential collision course in the semis.


Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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