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Tennis-Alcaraz and thinner get a glimpse of future rivals at Wimbledon

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Carlos Alcaraz will face Jannik Sinner in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Sunday. Their encounter with the blockbuster Maiden Grand Slam will give fans a glimpse into what the future of men's tennis will look like.

Alcaraz defeated Italian 7-6 (1) 7-5 at the Paris Masters last year and won the only tour-level meeting with thinner, but he was 19 years old. The two friends faced each other again in the grass court major, saying they were expecting a difficult test in the case of.

"Jannik is a great player. He plays incredibly. He has a great level on the grass. Because he won a really good match here. It's going to be a really tough round, "said the fifth-seeded Spaniard, who defeated Germany's Oscar Otte in his last match.

"But obviously I'm going to enjoy (on my own) ... I like playing this kind of match.

" We Is the youngest player in the draw ... Probably the most talented player, but it's clear that there are many young players who play incredibly. Let's say from among the younger ones. "

Last year, Alcaraz won the title of the Next Generation ATP Final and emulated the 20-year-old thinner who achieved a feat in 2019. After that, the Spaniards ranked in the top 10 behind the title. This year it was held in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Miami and Rio.

Thinner hasn't had the same success this year, but as evidenced by his entry into the quarterfinals, world number 13 lacks belief in the most spectacular stages. The Italian who defeated the big-name American John Isner in the previous round of the 2020 French Open and January Australia Open

is his latest with Alcalas. Hope the conference can help their up-and-coming rivalry get off the ground.

"Everyone has their own way. I still have to work a lot, so let's see what the future will give me and Carlos," thinner said. Told.

"We are both young, good tennis players and good people. Hopefully this is the case, but I don't think much about it. I'm thinking about where I have to go ... I have a lot to do. "

Waiting for the winner of the match will be against Dutch wildcard Tim van Rytoben on Sunday. It may be the top seed Novak Djokovic.

Among the women, Ons Jabeur, the third seed, plays Elise Mertens, and former French Open champion Elena Ostapenko meets Tachiyana Maria. (Report by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bangalore, edited by Clare Fallon)