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The new Big Three? Rising trio serve up captivating future for men’s tennis

By Hannah Jane Parkinson

10 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Tennis fans are excited about the young guns on the ATP tour, according to this Guardian columnist. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have all declared this new trio the real thing.

Last week, shortly after Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner played the point of the year so far – exchanges of 80mph cross-court forehands; Sinner hooking the ball back from behind him; Alcaraz falling and recovering; the kind of exquisite drop shots and physics‑defying sliding we’ve come to expect from both; and, finally, a triumphant Sinner whipping up the crowd after a fruitless dive from Alcaraz left the Spaniard sprawled and breathless on Miami’s Hard Rock court – their colleagues took to social media in adoration and disbelief.

“Guys, are you from this planet?” and “What in the alien”, posted Aryna Sabalenka and Bianca Andreescu of the other-worldly efforts. “Absolute insanity” was the verdict of Jessica Pegula while John Isner wrote: “Tennis is in good hands.”

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