On Friday, the day after his 19th birthday, Carlos Alcaraz defeated Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal 6:2, 1:6, 6:3 on the grass. A day later, the youth’s superiority had to be recognized by the ATP ranking leader Novak Djoković, who lost to Alcaraz after an extremely well-matched duel 7:6, 5:7, 6:7. In the final on Sunday, the young Spaniard put the finishing touches on the i. He crushed Alexander Zverev 6: 3, 6: 1, which means that in three days he defeated three tennis players from TOP4 in the world ranking. Alcaraz is even compared to Iga Świątek by some fans. They both currently dominate world tennis.
With his win in Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player to win five ATP tournaments against Rafael Nadal, who did so in 2005 at the age of 18. He is also the tennis player with the highest number of matches won this season and will soon become the sixth tennis player in the world ranking. And it is expected that this is not the end, as 19-year-old Alcaraz will be one of the main favorites to win in two weeks’ time at the Grand Slam Roland Garros in Paris, along with his teammates in Madrid, Djoković and Nadal. .
The Russians write how to defeat Alcaraz. Three tips
No wonder the 19-year-old is elated by fans, pundits and journalists. The Russian portal sports.ru bluntly writes: “The 19-year-old Alcaraz is the best tennis player in the world today. The rivals just don’t know what to do with him.” They provide facts to support this claim. “Alcaraz is the leader in terms of the number of titles in the season. He is the leader in wins and has the best win/loss ratio of 28-3. His stats against the top ten in 2022 are insane too – 10 games, 8 wins, 7 in a row. Besides, Madrid became the youngest ATP in history to beat three of the top five opponents in one tournament,” it wrote.
Journalists are also wondering how to beat Alcaraz. They present three ways. “First, I hope he’s wrong. It’s possible because Carlos’ game is very risky. Sebastian Korda took advantage of it in Monte Carlo. Second, to crush his power. Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open and Nadal did.Important note – Carlos’ unforced mistakes helped too.Djoković was also close to victory through aggression – he served well and attacked from the first pass, he built up positional attacks but didn’t play the whole game de Minaur almost beat Alcaraz in Barcelona “During the match it was clear that he was not comfortable with how early and quickly Alex hit the ball. He will be able to play at all,” we read.
Is anyone going to use these tips on a Roland Garros? For now, Alcaraz does not want to be wrong. Even rivals admit it. – You are currently the best tennis player in the world. It’s great to see such a new tennis superstar – said Alexander Zverev after losing the final in Madrid.
Polish tennis observers are also delighted with the Spaniard. – If Rafa Nadal retires from sports, the Spaniards will not despair for long! Carlos Alcaraz is the new Nadal. Incredible versatility. He also has a winning mentality. Turbo boots! – wrote on Twitter Tomasz Stanisławski.
– The future has come. Great tennis player. I’m a big fan – admitted Canal + Sport commentator Marek Furjan.
– “The Spanish Tennis Racket Massacre” and I don’t mean Nadal! Alcaraz is: physically perfectly prepared, plays universal tennis (strength + control), mentally looks like a cyborg and wants to develop! A great player, and we are talking about 19-year-old delighted Polsat Sport commentator Dawid Olejniczak.