In the latest edition of the Control the Controllables podcast, former South African player Robbie Koenig commented on the vehement rise of Carlos Alcaraz. Koenig told: "It's been great to see a lot of young talent rise in the last twelve months.
We've often wondered who would take over from the Fab Four, but it has to be admitted that a bright future is looming. I like what I'm seeing. Going back to the beginning of the year, I think Novak Djokovic should have attended the Australian Open.
The same goes for the US Open. They were political decisions. It would have been nice to see Nole against Carlos Alcaraz in New York. Thanks also to Djokovic's repeated absences, Carlos rose to the top of the ATP ranking and amazed everyone with his aggressive tennis.
He has tons of weapons at his disposal, as well as insane mental strength. It seems to me that he has an 11-1 balance in the decisive tiebreaks. Alcaraz has an innate ability: he manages to play fearlessly even in the decisive moments of matches.
A lot is expected of him in 2023."
Carlos' 2022 and start of 2023
Carlos is sure to remain at the top of the standings at least until the end of the AOs. Much is expected of Carlos Alcaraz in 2023. The young Spaniard has accomplished memorable feats this year and has shown that he has what it takes to become a champion.
The 19-year-old from Murcia won his first Grand Slam by winning the US Open, as well as having won two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and as many ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona). Thanks to the triumph in the Big Apple, Carlos became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.
Some physical problems slowed Alcaraz's progress in the last part of the season, forcing him to miss the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals in Malaga. Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil has been training intensely in recent weeks and has decided not to participate in any official tournament before the 2023 Australian Open.
The Iberian also wants to break the bank at Melbourne Park, where the big favorite Novak will also be there Djokovic.