'Novak Djokovic's absences helped him', says ATP ace

“The absence of Novak Djokovic helped him,” says ATP ace

2022 marked the final explosion of Carlos Alcaraz. After showing crystal clear talent last year, the 19-year-old Spaniard has literally taken off this season. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé has won two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona), two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and added the icing on the cake by winning the US Open.

With his first Grand Slam victory, “Carlitos” also became the youngest number 1 in the history of men’s tennis. There’s no denying that Alcaraz’s rise has been facilitated by Novak Djokovic’s repeated absences.

The Serbian champions played little in 2022 because they chose not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The 35-year-old from Belgrade had to skip the Australian Open and the US Open as well as all American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).

As if that wasn’t enough, failing to award points at Wimbledon toppled him down the standings. In an interview with “Mundo Deportivo” Albert Ramos analyzed the development of his young compatriot.

Ramos reflects on Alcaraz’s season

If Albert Ramos has clearly not attracted crowds since the start of his career, he deserves to be a very regular player.

Currently the 40th player in the world, the Spaniard will, barring catastrophe, end a season in the top 50 for the seventh time of his career. In a recent interview with the Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, the 34-year-old spoke in particular about the rise of his 19-year-old compatriot Carlos Alcaraz.

“I know him very well and have also played against him. I never hit him (smiles). I lost a match at Roland Garros with a match point in my favor. Alcaraz is a great player. With a lot of power and very fast. If he doesn’t get injured he will be a great player for many years.

In addition, the fact that Novak Djokovic does not participate in every tournament has allowed Alcaraz to take first place, defeating Vasek Pospisil in the quarterfinals to move into the last four of the tournament.

However, when the score was 5:3 in the second set, an unusual situation arose. During the post-match interview after his comfortable win over the Canadian, Djokovic spoke about his performance. He said: “It was a great, positive win… I think the level of tennis was really high.

Especially towards the end of the first set and the second set. Credit to him for the fight. Nice to see him again.”

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