Top coach makes huge prediction about Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz ahead of 2024 tennis season
Patrick Mouratoglou has nailed his colours to the mast in terms of the Carlos Alcaraz-Jannik Sinner battle as he feels the latter will be “better and stronger” than the Spaniard next year.
Alcaraz and Sinner were two of the stars of the show on the ATP Tour in 2023 although Novak Djokovic was still the main man as he won three of the four Grand Slams.
While Alcaraz won the battle of the next generation up until July as he won six titles – including Wimbledon – Sinner came into his own during the final few months of the campaign as he won three of his four titles from August onwards.
Sinner’s end-of-season form also saw him claim a win over Alcaraz in China while he also defeated Djokovic at the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals.
Alcaraz, though, finished the year at No 2 in the ATP Rankings behind Djokovic while Sinner was fourth with Daniil Medvedev ahead of him.
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Both youngsters are expected to be there or thereabouts again in 2024 when it comes to the big titles, but Mouratoglou – who has coached the likes of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Stefanos Tstisipas and Holger Rune – predicts that Sinner will overtake Alcaraz in 2024.
“I think Jannik, with what he’s done at the end of 2023, will be 100% ready to perform at the highest level,” he said in an Instagram Post.
“It is true that Carlos is a few steps ahead compared to Jannik because he won two Grand Slams. He has been No 1, he had a lot more tools, and when he came to the tour he started to win.
“He could do anything, he could attack, he could defend, he had this incredible drop shots, he was coming to the net a lot and he was very effective at the net. He was already complete.
“Jannik when he came on tour and he started to win a lot [but] he had a game that was based on his number one quality, which is staying close to the baseline, taking the ball early, playing very fast.
“The last two, three years I think Jannik developed a lot of other things. Now he is drop-shotting a lot more, he is coming to the net a lot more with efficiency. I think he is ready to do more things and adapt to different situations.
“With the confidence of the last months, I see him playing better and stronger than Carlos next year.”
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