Boris Becker is calling on people to relax on constantly comparing Carlos Alcaraz to the Big Three because that may lead to the 20-year-old Spaniard losing interest in the sport if things don't go well. At 20, Alcaraz is already a two-time Grand Slam champion and has been ranked at the world No 1 spot multiple times.
Alcaraz is off to an absolutely astonishing start to his career and many are wondering if the Spaniard can reach the Grand Slam heights of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic. “It’s almost impossible to avoid comparison with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.
But please give him time to develop, so that he doesn’t lose interest in the sport, because we still need him for a few years. It is misleading to think Carlos can surpass 20 Grand Slam titles. That didn't happen before the era of the Big Three.
I am convinced that three players will never again win more than 20 Grand Slam tournaments at the same time," Becker told Eurosport's Das Gelbe vom Ball.
Becker calls on people to relax on comparing Alcaraz to the Big Three
Growing up, Alcaraz used to idolize and look up to Nadal.
So far, Alcaraz has been asked several times if his goal was to be Nadal 2.0 and reach his Grand Slam heights. Every time Alcaraz was asked that question, he gave the same answer - his goal is not to replicate someone else but to be the best possible version of himself.
This year, Alcaraz missed the Australian Open due to a knee injury. At the French Open, Alcaraz made the semifinal before losing to Novak Djokovic. At Wimbledon, Alcaraz impressively earned his second Grand Slam title after beating Djokovic in the final.
After winning Wimbledon, Alcaraz returned to the US Open as the defending champion and with the intention of winning his third Slam title. Alcaraz was making good progress at Flushing Meadows until he suffered a surprise defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open semifinal.