Carlos Alcaraz recently be Madrid Open champion and after this world number one Tennis player Novak Djokovic heaped praise on him. Djokovic saying that the Spanish teenager Alcaraz is a firm favorite for the French Open later this month.
Alcaraz announced himself in Madrid when he played with a sore ankle but still sent three top five players – Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Alexander Zaverev – to his second Masters title just days after his 19th birthday.
Djokovic described Alcaraz as a “complete player” and the Spaniard as a “sports talker” after winning a tour-leading fourth title of the year.
“He’s definitely special. He’s already broken a lot of records as a teenager, winning two Masters events this year, a few (ATP) 500. So far he’s the best player in the world, no question, this year,” Djokovic told reporters in Rome.
“The way he was coping with the pressure. I mean, in our match a few days ago, how calm he was … impressive. He deserved to win the trophy.
“(A) Roland Garros, he is definitely one of the main favorites, no doubt, although he never reached the second week of the Grand Slam. He deserves to be one of the favorites with what he has achieved recently.”
Madrid Open champion Carlos Alcaraz
Alcaraz felt the torch had been extinguished by beating compatriot Nadal for the first time in his career in the quarter-finals in Madrid, and the 21-time Grand Slam champion said he was happy that Spanish tennis had a bright future.
“Everyone knows the level of confidence he has now, the level he can reach,” said Nadal.
“Winning at home is always special. (It must have been) a special week for him.”
Alcaraz says he is avoiding the Rome Masters to recover from an ankle injury to ensure he is fully fit for the French Open, which starts on May 22.
Men’s tennis has been waiting for more than a decade for the emergence of a player with the game and the mental fortitude to shake up the ‘Big Three’ establishment.
The 19-year-old Spaniard defeated Alex Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in the final on the clay court, while the Big Three Titan has already beaten Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a watershed week.
Out of the top 100 a year ago, Alcarez is now in sixth place, breaking the record book this season. After a few days in Madrid, he set another benchmark.
He is the youngest champion of the tournament and the first player to defeat both 21-time Grand Slam champion Nadal and world number one Djokovic in the same claycourt event.
Winning in Miami a month ago, Alcaraz is now the second youngest player to win two ATP 1000 titles, led only by compatriot Nadal, who captured his second at the age of 18.
Although Alcaraz will emerge as a natural successor to his compatriot Nadal, he sees his game as more closely related to Roger Federer, another member of the ‘Big Three’.