Michael Chang, former world number two and winner of 34 tournaments, including the Roland Garros 1989, on the ATP Tour, didn’t go too far on the GOAT issue. The American, however, thinks that Novak Djokovic showed at the Australian Open that he can still make a difference at the Grand Slam level.
He told: “It’s hard to say who the GOAT is, because Novak Djokovic continues to play incredible tennis.” Chang, during an interview for the ATP, then also focused on the future of tennis and expressed some interesting considerations on Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
The two created one of the most exciting matches of the season at the Masters 1000 in Miami. The Italian managed to even the score in the head-to-head count, completing a very important comeback. A comeback that allowed him to reach the second final in a 1000 event.
In the last act of the Miami tournament, Sinner appeared in obvious physical difficulties and lost for the sixth time against Daniil Medvedev.
Chang: “Alcaraz and Sinner are the future of tennis”
Chang said: “I think Djokovic proved his worth at the Australian Open, but there are a lot of great talents who I think will do very well on the Tour and who will continue to bring the sport to life and make it very exciting.
Obviously Carlos Alcaraz is in the lead, but there is Jannik Sinner. Then there are many American tennis players like Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz. So tennis is very exciting right now.” Djokovic, after missing the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000, will return to the field in Monte Carlo; tournament in which he hasn’t done very well in recent seasons.
The Serbian returned to the top of the ATP ranking thanks to the victory obtained by Sinner against Alcaraz. In fact, the Spaniard should have completed the Sunshine Double to confirm his supremacy. The South Tyrolean, on the other hand, conquered the top 10 again and signed his best ranking by gaining ninth position.
Djokovic, Sinner and Alcaraz will be also teh main stars, with Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, of the clay swing.