Novak Djokovic honors Carlos Alcaraz: 'He is great for the game'

“He’s great for the game”

Novak Djokovic was part of Team Europe at the fifth Laver Cup last weekend in London. Novak won two games on Saturday before losing one of the decisive encounters against Felix Auger-Aliassime on the last day. Asked about Carlos Alcaraz, Novak praised the US Open winner and the youngest world No. 1.

1 in ATP history. Djokovic mentioned Alcaraz’s performances, calling them fantastic and describing the 19-year-old as a great asset to our sport. Carlos became the most successful teenager since Rafael Nadal, already winning a Major and two Masters 1000 titles.

The young savage had remarkable results in 2021, reaching the brink of the top-30 by the age of 18. In early 2022, he suffered a narrow loss at the Australian Open to Matteo Berrettini before conquering the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro and the youngster became ATP 500 champion since 2009.

Carlos lost the Indian Wells semi-final to Rafa after a fantastic fight that lasted over three hours. A teenager rebounded in Miami and lifted the trophy to become the third youngest Masters 1000 champion! The young Spaniard clinched the trophy for 500 points and a place in the top-10 in Barcelona at the end of April.

Alcaraz didn’t stop there, defeating Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title in a month and a half in Madrid.

Novak Djokovic said nice words about Carlos Alcaraz in London.

Carlos became the contender for the ATP race leader and added more points with the quarter-final run at Roland Garros.

Losing two ATP Finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay, Alcaraz traveled to New York as one of the favourites. Carlos was number 1 in the world. 4 before the US Open and had a chance to become the youngest world No. 1. 1 in ATP history with a good result.

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev fell in the fourth round, leaving the door wide open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud. The players mentioned met in the final and fought for the first major title and the ATP throne. Carlos delivered a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win in three hours and 20 minutes for a career-best result and a place in history.

At 19 years and four months, Alcaraz became the first teenager on the ATP throne. Carlos and Novak could meet in Nur-Sultan next week, with both competing in the ATP 500 event. “Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open in an incredible way.

He became World No. 1 at such a young age, which is pretty impressive. Carlos is a great asset to our sport,” said Novak Djokovic.

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