Federer has retired, the story of Nadal and Djokovic is in its final stage. Asked about the possibilities of Rune, Aliassime, Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish phenomenon tried to give a small report during a very long interview with Marca.
He spoke that the situation with the different Zverev, Medvedev and Rublev was not so different (or too different). "We will see if the new recruits do better and if they get better results. If we want or can analyze the situation, Carlos [Alcaraz] I think it will mark an era.
I also say with complete and utmost humility that when Zverev, Medvedev and the others arrived, Djokovic, Federer and I were still at a very high level. We always feed off of success and it was always harder for others to win.
Obviously, the new generation has more opportunities, because Federer has retired, Djokovic and I are playing less and less tournaments. In short, the new kids on the circuit are not only incredibly talented, but also lucky enough to see victory in a way that the generation immediately before them couldn't.
And that helps a lot, it helps a lot and it definitely stimulates you and pushes you to be better and better and better," said the 22-time Grand Slam champion. Nadal, to support his thesis, gave as an example a 'sacred monster' like David Ferrer, who at the same time had the misfortune of living with the Fab 4 at the best moment of his career.
"He, for example, was an incredible player, but he met us again and again in the semifinals or finals and ended up winning less than he probably deserved. Ferrer has been one of the most consistent and constant players of our generation and, however, he has never won a Slam or an important match", he explained.
He commented on Alcaraz, that he has just won the first Slam of his career and is at the top of the ranking. "Normally, what makes a player so special is his ability to be strong, nothing more," he says with a laugh."
Alcaraz on his most precious moments of the year
Carlos Alcaraz recently touched upon his stupendous 2022 season and disclosed his goals for 2023.
“It has been a dream season for me. So many titles, big titles. First one is when I won Miami. When I won Barcelona. US Open. That’s for sure. I would say when I realized that I’m going to end as No. 1, and when I won Madrid as well,” he said.
“I want more. To win my second Grand Slam, I would say that’s the goal for the new year. Wimbledon would be fine for me. Yeah!” he noted.
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