'Well, you cannot compare us.....' - Jannik Sinner breaks silence on his rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz after losing semi-final thriller at Roland Garros 2024

Jannik Sinner was disappointed not to reach his first French Open final after his defeat by Carlos Alcaraz on Friday, but is looking forward to continuing what could become the new main rivalry in tennis.

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Tennis star Jannik Sinner felt disappointed not to make it to his first final after losing to Carlos Alcaraz on Friday in the French Open, but he is keen to keep up on what could ultimately end up becoming the sport's greatest rivalry. Notably, the Spanish player defeated Sinner by 2-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 in a thrilling five-set match.

Although the 22-year-old Italian and 21-year-old  Alcaraz are set to continue battling for the top spots for some time, both aren't quite ready to compare their rivalry with that of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic at the moment.

Sinner will be striving to get the two back on equal terms when they next face each other, as Alcaraz now leads their head-to-head match 5-4. However, he was concerned after suffering tension and cramps during Friday's defeat. Sinner intends to return to Paris for the Olympics and feels his recent hip concerns are not an issue. After assuming the top spot in the world's rankings the following week, Sinner is now set to begin preparing for the grass season. 

Well, you cannot compare us yet with the other players we had or still have: Jannik Sinner

“You have played Carlos nine times now I think in professional ranks, and he's got five; you've got four. Do you see this being the defining rivalry of your career, given you're both still quite young and likely to play a lot of matches against each other?,” Jannik Sinner was asked.

“Well, you cannot compare us yet with the other players we had or still have. But for sure, I mean, if we watch the results, you know, we always are most likely to play in the semis or final or quarters. Very important matches. I think that's exciting for the game, especially when head-to-head is quite close. And, you know, the winner is happy and then the loser tries to find a way to beat him the next time, no? I think that's exciting. That's what I will try to do,” he answered.