Carlos Alcaraz, who won the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid on Sunday, is currently the “best player in the world” and “certainly one of the big favorites” for Roland Garros (May 22 – June 5), the song stated. 1 of the world Novak Djokovic Monday in Rome.
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“He’s different, that’s for sure. He breaks a lot of records at 19. So far he is the best player in the world, no doubt about it, this year, with the results he is getting,” the Serb told the press ahead of his first appearance this week at the Masters 1000 tournament in Rome.
On Saturday, Djokovic lost to the Spanish sensation in the semifinal of the tournament in Madrid. Alcaraz was also too strong for Rafael Nadal in the Spanish capital. In the final he convincingly beat Alexander Zverev, good for his fourth tournament victory of the season, after Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona.
“He is a complete player,” Djokovic continued. “He is certainly one of the big favorites for Roland Garros, even if he has never made it to the second week of a grand slam tournament.”
The Serb also thinks it is “a good decision” by Alcaraz to leave Rome in absentia in order to better prepare for the Paris clay tournament.
Nadal also received questions about Alcaraz. He is not surprised by the overall victory of his young compatriot in Madrid. “Everyone knows his current confidence and the level he has reached.” Nadal, who as defending champion is looking for an eleventh overall victory in Rome, is not in the least upset by the rise of Alcaraz. “Everything new is more interesting than old stuff. When you see a new car or a new phone, it always looks better. It’s normal, I can’t complain about it. I am happy that someone from my country succeeds in everything he does.”