Novak Djokovic hailed the brand new Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz and mentioned that the Spanish tennis star possesses the “better of all three worlds”, cloning the abilities of himself, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Alcaraz beat Djokovic 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 within the Wimbledon remaining on Sunday after 4 hours and 42 minutes of intense motion on Centre Court docket.
The defeat within the remaining shattered 36-year-old Djokovic’s bid to assert a record-equalling eighth title on the All England Membership and twenty fourth Grand Slam crown.
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Requested what makes the 20-year-old Alcaraz such a risk, the Serb star defined that he has duplicated his weapons, in addition to Federer and Nadal — the storied ‘massive three’ of tennis who between them have 65 Grand Slam titles.
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“I feel he’s bought principally better of all three worlds,” mentioned Djokovic.
“Folks have been speaking up to now 12 months or so about his recreation consisting of sure components from Roger, Rafa, and myself. I might agree with that.”
Hailing Alcaraz for his “Spanish bull mentality of competitiveness”, Djokovic sees similarities within the famend preventing spirit and “unimaginable defence” of Nadal.
Alcaraz’s backhands are straight out of the Djokovic playbook.
“That’s been my private power for a few years,” he mentioned.
“I haven’t performed a participant like him ever, to be trustworthy. Roger and Rafa have their very own clearly strengths and weaknesses. Carlos is a really full participant.
“Wonderful adapting capabilities that I feel are a key for longevity and for profitable profession on all surfaces.”
‘Powerful to swallow’
Within the speedy aftermath of his loss on Sunday, Djokovic was filled with reward for Alcaraz.
Simply final month, Djokovic defeated the Spaniard within the French Open semi-finals, with Alcaraz’s problem undermined by physique cramping introduced on by the stress of going through his rival.
Nonetheless, Alcaraz has now crushed Djokovic twice of their three conferences, having first bought the higher of him on clay on the Madrid Masters final 12 months.
“What a high quality on the finish of the match once you needed to serve it out,” Djokovic informed the champion throughout the Centre Court docket trophy ceremony.
“You’ll be able to up with some massive performs within the massive scenario and also you completely deserve it.
“It’s a troublesome one to swallow if you find yourself so shut.”
Regardless of his defeat on Centre Court docket in 10 years, Djokovic, who had received the earlier 4 Wimbledon titles, insisted he nonetheless has the need to maintain on chasing silverware on the majors.
“I’ve been blessed with so many unimaginable matches all through my profession. I’m actually grateful. I misplaced to a greater participant and I’ve to maneuver on stronger,” he mentioned after seeing his 34-match win streak on the event ended.
He hailed Alcaraz, who now has two Grand Slam titles following his US Open breakthrough final 12 months, and two titles on grass in simply 4 tournaments on the floor.
“I believed I might have hassle with you solely on clay and laborious court docket, however not on grass however now it’s a special story from this 12 months clearly,” mentioned the Serb, who briefly broke down in tears as he addressed the group.
“I suppose when all of the feelings are settled I’ll need to be very grateful. I received many tight and shut matches up to now right here, to call just a few — 2019 towards Roger.
“Perhaps I ought to have misplaced just a few finals that I received so possibly that is even stevens.”
The outcome ended Djokovic’s hopes of trying the primary males’s calendar Grand Slam since 1969, having received the Australian and French Opens this 12 months.
The final man to finish the sweep, Rod Laver, heaped reward on each males.
“Carlos Alcaraz….you actually discovered your ft on grass this summer season, an astonishing achievement towards one of many best champions ever,” the Australian tweeted.
“Novak Djokovic. I’m positive there might be many extra magnificent battles between you two.”
With AFP inputs