Novak Djokovic has been warned that Carlos Alcaraz can use the same tools as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to continue improving and eventually dethrone the world No 1. Greg Rusedski likened the Spaniard to Federer and Nadal during his Madrid Open final against Alexander Zverev.
Rusedski told Amazon Prime: “I mean he really has it all this kid. He says his hero growing up was Roger Federer and that’s the way he thinks his style is more similar to but he has the physicality of a Nadal but can really rifle through the forehand, he creates beautiful angles, great touch and can to the net.
After losing to Alcaraz in the semi-final, Djokovic said: “Congrats to him. He held his nerve very well. For somebody of his age to play so maturely and courageously is impressive. He deserved to win.
“His kick in altitude here is huge, and it was just difficult to deal with his ball, and I wasn’t feeling my return from that side. He was serving a lot of kick just to put himself in a good position.”
Championship many times and it is his court, his domain,” she said. “But you’d have to put Alcaraz almost equal footing but maybe just behind.
“I don’t think best-of-five will make too much of a different, he has great energy. We might be witnessing somebody at the very start of what might be a brilliant career. Who’s to say he can’t do the same as Nadal?”