Great entertainment in the first set. Sinner probably should have taken the set, but blew a simple overhead. Many of the points were epic and both players were brilliant at times.
After taking the first set tie break win it seemed as if Alcatraz would cruise. But Sinner hung in there and prevailed in a well contested second set. The third was an anticlimax, the Traz cramped up and Sinner stopped hitting the ball hard. He let Alcatraz back in as his condition improved with magic elixir sent in by the coaches. But just in time Sinner started hitting the ball again, serving with venom in the match game.
So where does that leave us? These two are the most likely successors to the Big Three, but they aren’t there yet. Sinner doesn’t get his first serve in in key games and in tie breakers. His groundies are heavier than Alcatraz. But his tactical sense still lacks and his failure to put away the Spaniard when he was cramping shows a lack of killer instinct.
Alcatraz puts huge effort into every match. It’s exciting but does it make for a long career. Time will tell, but the body seems to be sending aberrant messages already. For Alcatraz Sinner is just the first of a long string of youngsters he will have to see off if he wants a Joker like career. Tonight he couldn’t stay with Sinner in the ground shot rallies…even harder hitting players lie ahead. That’s the genius of the Big Three, they saw off at least 3 waves of talent.
It’s interesting that neither Sinner nor Alcatraz are 6 ft 7 inch giants. For the moment 6 ft 2 seems to be the best balance, although Medvedev has never lost to Sinner, who may have played his big match of the tournament. Medvedev will take the court as the favorite, with something to prove after his pathetic loss to Alcatraz in California.