Carlos Alcaraz won his second ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid and he reached sixth place in the ATP rankings at the age of 19. The young Spanish talent is now one of the best tennis players on the ATP Tour and two champions like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have already expressed words of great admiration towards him on several occasions.
Djokovic said: “Carlos like the Big 3? In general, I don’t like comparisons. I think everyone has their characteristics and is special. He is definitely a special player.
He has already broken many records despite his age, winning two Masters 1000s and a few 500s this year. Right now, he is the best player in the world, without a doubt, considering his achievements.
The way he handled the pressure during our match, where he kept his composure until the end, was impressive.”
Alcaraz and the best qualities of the Big 3
Nadal, for his part, explained: “It’s not a big surprise for me.
I am happy for him. Everyone is aware of the confidence they have right now and the level they can reach. I’m happy because it’s been a long time since we had a fantastic player in our country.
It’s always special to win at home, so it’s probably been a very special week for him.” In an exclusive interview with La Nacion newspaper, Alcaraz picked the Big 3’s best plans and revealed what aspects of their game he would like to have.
He said: “I would choose Nadal’s fighting spirit and sacrifice, his work ethic. He doesn’t give up any points and always trains intensely. I would steal from Roger Federer the elegance and variety of shots that ‘he can use during the matches; while in Djokovic the elasticity and the physical condition.”
The 19-year-old from Murcia, after missing the BNL Internazionali d’Italia, will step onto the court at Roland Garros and try to amaze all tennis fans once again.