Lorenzo Musetti: ‘Hopefully Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and myself are the rivalry of the future’

Lorenzo Musetti hopes himself, Jannik Sinner, and Carlos Alcaraz can develop an iconic rivalry similar to tennis’ current big three.

Musetti, Alcaraz, and Sinner are widely regarded as the most promising teenage players in the men’s game, with all three making a serious mark this year.

Alcaraz recently played Alexander Zverev in Acapulco, and the German said his forehand was unerringly similar to that of his fellow-Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Musetti, meanwhile, has been likened to Roger Federer, and Sinner’s powerful and precise baseline game is highly reminiscent of that of Novak Djokovic.

At the moment, all three have everything to prove, although Sinner has reached a Masters final and cracked the top 20. In the future, though, Musetti hopes they can build something special.

“I know Carlos [Alcaraz] very well, we have trained many times,” Musetti told Marca. “We are good friends.

“With his coach Juan Carlos [Ferrero] we always try to schedule training sessions together.

“The last time was in Miami. I couldn’t meet him for the weekend, but I thought he was going to play the qualifying. Then on Friday they gave him an invite to the main draw.

“Carlos is hard-working, talented and has a great team behind him. Hopefully the rivalry of the future in tennis is between Sinner, Alcaraz and myself.

“Sinner is a mirror in which I look at myself. When I do a good result, so does he. I think we stimulate each other. But we don’t have any rivalry.

“We are close, without being friends because we do not coincide in the junior stage because he never played in juniors.

“We talk regularly. We played only once in Rome and it was a fantastic match. Hopefully I can measure him again.”

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