By Erik Gudris | @ATNTennis | Sunday July 16, 2023
May Carlos Alcaraz be the primary participant to mix the most effective qualities of the “Huge Three?”
Novak Djokovic thinks so.
The 23-time main champion spoke in regards to the sterling qualities of the 20-year-old Alcaraz who defeated Djokovic in 5 units to win his first Wimbledon title.
“I have not performed a participant like him ever, to be trustworthy,” Djokovic stated after the boys’s last that Alcaraz gained 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
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The 36-year-old Djokovic was requested in his press convention what’s the one high quality that makes Alcaraz so good proper now.
For Djokovic, the younger Spanish star reminds him of each his fellow “Huge Three” compatriots Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and even himself.
“I believe individuals have been speaking up to now 12 months or so about his recreation consisting of sure components from Roger, Rafa, and myself. I’d agree with that. I believe he is received principally better of all three worlds.”
That’s excessive reward certainly for Alcaraz whose speedy rise to the highest of the boys’s recreation in some ways equals the “Huge 3”, together with the age once they every gained their first main title.
Alcaraz was simply 19 when he gained his first main ultimately 12 months’s US Open. That was the identical age when Nadal gained his first main on the 2005 Roland Garros. Djokovic was 20 when he gained his first main on the 2008 Australian Open. Federer was just a few years older at 22 when he gained his first main on the 2003 Wimbledon championships.
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“He is received this psychological resilience and maturity for somebody who’s 20 years previous. It is fairly spectacular. He is received this Spanish bull mentality of competitiveness and preventing spirit and unimaginable protection that we have seen with Rafa through the years,” Djokovic stated on Alcaraz.
“And I believe he is received some good sliding backhands that he is received some similarities with my backhands. Yeah, two-handed backhands, protection, with the ability to adapt. I believe that has been my private energy for a few years. He has it, too.”
Whereas Djokovic didn’t go into specifics on how Alcaraz mirrors Federer’s recreation, its clear his speedy acclimation to grass courtroom tennis, together with profitable Queen’s Membership and now Wimbledon, reveals how adaptive and responsive he’s to any floor.
“Roger and Rafa clearly have their very own strengths and weaknesses. Carlos is a really full participant. Superb adapting capabilities that I believe are a key for longevity and for a profitable profession on all surfaces,” Djokovic added.
When requested about Djokovic’s feedback on his recreation, Alcaraz took all of it as an ideal praise.
“It is loopy that Novak stated that, actually. However I take into account myself a very full participant. I believe I’ve the pictures, the energy bodily, the energy mentally sufficient to (indiscernible) these conditions. I do not know. Most likely he is proper. However I do not wish to give it some thought. I will suppose that I am full Carlos Alcaraz, as an instance, however most likely I’ve some nice means from each participant.”
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