'Carlos Alcaraz will be a great player for many years', says ATP ace

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'Carlos Alcaraz will be a great player for many years', says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic was part of Team Europe during the fifth Laver Cup last weekend in London. Novak won two matches on Saturday before losing one of the crucial encounters to Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day. Asked by Carlos Alcaraz, Novak praised the US Open winner and the youngest world number 1 in ATP history.

Djokovic mentioned Alcaraz's achievements, calling them fantastic and labeling the 19-year-old a great addition to our sport. Carlos became the most successful teenager since Rafael Nadal, already winning a Major and two Masters 1000 titles.

The youngster had remarkable results in 2021 and fell just outside the top-30 at the age of 18. He suffered a narrow loss at the Australian Open to Matteo Berrettini earlier in 2022 before conquering the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the youngest ATP 500 champion since 2009.

Carlos lost the Indian Wells semi-final to Rafa after a fantastic battle that lasted over three hours. The teenager bounced back in Miami and lifted the trophy to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion. The young Spaniard lifted the trophy in Barcelona at the end of April to add 500 points to his tally and move into the top 10.

It didn't stop there, Alcaraz defeated Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title in a month and a half in Madrid. Carlos became the leader of the ATP race and added more points with the pass to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Alcaraz lost two ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay and traveled to New York as one of the favorites.

Ramos praises Carlos Alcaraz

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

Current 40th player in the world, the Spaniard, barring disaster, will end a season for the seventh time in his career in the top 50. Recently interviewed by the Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, the 34-year-old spoke in particular about the meteoric rise of his 19-year-old compatriot, Carlos Alcaraz.

“I know him very well and I also played against him. I never beat him (smiles). I lost a match, with a match point in my favor, at Roland Garros. 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.

Moreover, the fact that Novak Djokovic does not play every tournament has allowed Alcaraz to reach the number one spot."