One of the top players in the ATP 250 tournament in Umag is Jannik Sinner. Along with the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, the gifted Italian recently rose to the top spot in his nation and is one of the most eagerly anticipated athletes on the circuit.
These two are the tournament’s top favorites, and in a few hours, Jannik will face off against Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain. Tomislav Poljak, the director of the Umag tournament, praised Jannik in an interview with Supertennis.
“Jannik is really a golden guy,” he said, “I work with his agency and he is one of the players I know the most on the circuit. He is a modest man who asks plenty of questions, which shows intellect.
It’s an honor to work with him. Jannik Sinner, who can do amazing things and, in my opinion, win everything, is the model of the contemporary tennis player. Not only because Italian tennis is having a terrific time right now, but also because the other two tenors from Italy are Lorenzo Musetti and Matteo Berrettini.
“Sinner, Berrettini, and Musetti, along with Alcaraz, represent the future of the sport,” says Poljak. They are displaying a wonderful personality, are eager to carry on the Big Three’s heritage, and possibly their ultimate objective is to promote this discipline globally.
The big three, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, deserve accolades. “The three of them have been an example for the sport, and I think that if tennis has had this huge impact we owe them a lot,” the Croatian tournament director says.
Italian tennis is in a wonderful place right now, and the Umag event is demonstrating this. Today’s quarterfinal matchup in Umag will feature four Italian players: Sinner, Cecchinato, Zeppieri, and Agamenone.
Rafa Nadal won 22 slams.
Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam tournaments, were contrasted by Patrick Mouratoglou on Thursday on Instagram.
The finest return statistics on the tour are possessed by Rafael Nadal. But one player is outpacing Rafa in return stats this season: Carlos Alcaraz. He holds the greatest percentage (33.5%) and has won the most return games of any player.
Did you know that when the Spaniard scores the game’s first point, he wins 51.8% of his subsequent matches? The average for the tour based on this data is 38.4%, which puts this into perspective. Alcaraz is ahead of Rafa by 5% in return games won after the first two points, with a 77.8 percent success rate. The tour’s average is 59.4 percent, according to Mouratoglou.