Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner the outside contenders for the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz fist pump

ATP NextGen stars Carlos Alcaraz, and Jannik Sinner are outside contenders for the US Open title, according to Todd Woodbridge.

Woodbridge was left in awe of the skillset of the 19-year-old on Court 1 at Wimbledon and believes he could be an outside bet for the US Open crown.

Alcaraz began his meteoric rise to the top ten at the 2021 US Open where he reached the last eight in his first appearance.

He claimed his maiden Masters title in Miami and has in all notched four ATP Tour titles but has seen his season tail off after Roland Garros.

Still Woodbridge believes the Spaniard has the game to be a strong outside contender for the title.

“I called an Alcaraz match on Court 1 at Wimbledon and I’ve never seen a 19-year-old play with such an all-court game so well on a surface that was slightly foreign to him,” Woodbridge said.

“His whole game is so well-rounded, but I feel it’s another 18 months on surfaces other than clay to gather just enough shot selection and timing to get there.

“But his attitude, physicality, ability to keep points short if necessary, makes him the outside contender at the US Open.”

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner

Alcaraz last appeared in an ATP Tour final in Croatia where he failed to defend his Umag title against another young star in Jannik Sinner.

Sinner might be the breakout star of the year but for the incredible performance of Alcaraz.

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The 21-year-old Italian has reached the last eight at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

When it comes to their head to head Sinner has won the last two battles with Alcaraz, ending his Wimbledon run in the last 16 before snatching the Umag title from his Spanish foe.

Woodbridge believes that the ball striking of Sinner could make his a dangerous player at the US Open.

“He doesn’t bring as much of a skill-set as Alcaraz,” Woodbridge told ausopen.com, “but ball-striking wise, out of the middle of the racquet, he is fantastic.”

Casper Ruud post-match celebrations
Casper Ruud

Woodbridge also believes that Casper Ruud is a possible candidate to notch a first Grand Slam win at Flushing Meadows.

He compared the Norwegian to 2013 French Open finalist David Ferrer.

“He’s become this era’s David Ferrer, that solid, week-in week-out grinder,” Woodbridge said.

“If we go back a few eras, those types of players won one or two majors. It just didn’t happen for 15 years because of the Big Three.

“He’s as likely, I feel, as any of this group at the moment, to sneak through.”

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The withdrawal of Alexander Zverev has left Alcaraz as the third seed for the US Open, which gets underway on Monday 29 August, while Ruud is seeded sixth and Sinner is also among the top 16 holding the No 12 seeding.

Their strong ranking positions have given all three young players a very good chance to earn a sensational Grand Slam triumph.

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