'Carlos Alcaraz is still in his formative years', says trainer
Former World No.1 Tracy Austin believes it is only a matter of time before young hopefuls like Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner reach their first Grand Slam final. Alcaraz, 19, and Sinner, 20, met in the Umag final and the Italian won 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-1. Alcaraz and Sinner are considered one of the most promising players of the young generation, especially Alcaraz, who has won two Masters titles and is ranked fourth in the world. "I think now it's just a question of when: when are they (Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune, Brandon Nakashima and Lorenzo Musetti) going to get to their first Grand Slam final, when are they going to get their first Grand Slam championship." Austin said on the Tennis Channel, according to Sportskeeda. "And how many times they will meet in depth. That is very exciting for men's tennis." Former top-5 player Jimmy Arias agreed with Austin that it's an exciting time for the men's game as he believes there are youngsters showing signs of greatness. "It seems like there are always these generations of greatness," Arias said. "I remember Djokovic, Del Potro, Marin Cilic, all 19 years old, Andy Murray, all the same age, doing their thing at a young age." Alcaraz has already won two Masters 1000s Carlos Alcaraz's physical trainer Alberto Lledo, speaking to Agencia EFE after the 19-year-old’s defeat to Sinner, tried to point out the reason behind the loss. “I don't think Carlos [Alcaraz] is lacking in spark and what could have weighed him down in the lost final this Sunday against [Jannik] Sinner was on a mental level because he had a great first set and started the second the same, but losing six break points in a row affected him And there, without a doubt, was the key against a rival who was very good, displaying great tennis and very stable mentally,” Lledo said, via Eurosport. “Carlos can improve some aspects that have to do with hip rotation and reaction speed, but he is a genetic and physical marvel and he adds a lot of work to that, because without effort it is not possible to be at the level that is required,” Lledo said. “It is true that he has played many games this year, but not in so many tournaments. What happens is that he is advancing rounds and losing finals is one more experience and something that is part of the learning process in a boy who is still 19 years and that must not be forgotten. They are experiences that must be passed to grow and it is necessary to have your feet on the ground and work. A blessed problem if that happens because it will be a sign that you go far in the tournaments in which you compete,” he added.