Novak Djokovic fired Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal warning Carlos Alcaraz | Tennis | sport
Novak Djokovic has been warned that Carlos Alcaraz can use the same tools as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to continue improving and possibly dethroning the world No.1. Greg Rusedski compared the Spaniard to Federer and Nadal in his Madrid Open final against Alexander Zverev.
Rusedski told Amazon Prime: “I mean he really has this whole kid. He says his hero growing up was Roger Federer and that’s how he thinks his style is more similar to but he has the physicality of a Nadal but can really punch the forehand, he creates nice angles, a nice touch and can go to the net.
“I mean there’s really no weakness in his game and he’s only going to get better with time and I think he could even be more accurate on his first serve and his second serve, so the the sky is the limit and the way he has played those first seven games is exceptional because the expectations here in Spain are huge, he is expected to win this title.”
Alcaraz climbed the world rankings to No.9 but his rise is set to continue after an impressive run at the Madrid Open, where he beat Nadal and Djokovic en route to the title. Alcaraz was dismantling second seed Zverev with relative ease in the final when Rusedski made his solid comparison.
Djokovic is the youngest member of the Big Three and is keen to maintain the old guard’s stronghold in men’s tennis. But Alcaraz turns out to be the biggest sign that the changing of the guard is near.
After losing to Alcaraz in the semi-finals, Djokovic said: “Congratulations to him. He held his composure very well. For someone of his age to play with such maturity and courage is impressive. He deserved to win.
“His high kick here is huge, and it was just hard to manage his ball, and I didn’t feel my return from that side. He was serving a lot of kick just to get into a good position. “
Given Alcaraz’s triumph in the Spanish capital, Amazon Prime pundit Annabel Croft believes the 19-year-old is co-favorite for the French Open title.
“I think it’s very difficult to say that Nadal is the favorite when he has won this championship several times and it’s his field, his domain,” she said. “But we should put Alcaraz on an equal footing but maybe just behind.
“I don’t think the best of five will make too much of a difference, he has great energy. We could witness someone at the very start of what could be a brilliant career. Who’s to say he can’t do it like Nadal?