'For me to see Carlos Alcaraz winning the US Open was...', says expert



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'For me to see Carlos Alcaraz winning the US Open was...', says expert

Carlos Alcaraz was last season's 'winner', having blown everyone away with his aggressive and spectacular tennis. The 19-year-old Spaniard won the US Open at the end of a ride full of emotions. In addition to having won his first Grand Slam, 'Carlitos' became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.

Also taking advantage of Novak Djokovic's repeated absences due to the vaccination issue, the Murcian also won two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and as many ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona). His performance dropped slightly in the last part of 2022, also thanks to some injuries.

A torn abs forced him to miss the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals in Malaga. A few days ago, a real cold shower arrived: Alcaraz injured his leg in training and will not be at the start of the 2023 Australian Open.

Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander spent beautiful words for Alcaraz. The Swede believes Carlos is set to do great things in the coming years.

Wilander on Carlos Alcaraz

"For me to see Carlos Alcaraz winning the US Open was the most probably most exciting tournament that I've seen in the 20+ years that I've worked in TV or in media as an analyst.

I have said that I think if Alcaraz can keep winning - and I've even told [Alcaraz's coach] Juan Carlos Ferrero this in private - he could turn out to be the single most important tennis player that we have ever had in our sport.

People are going to say, what do you mean? Isn't Roger Federer...? Isn't Rafael Nadal...? Yes, they are absolutely, incredibly important. But here you have a guy who is trying so hard, he is so fast, he is playing with so many different shots, and he's serving and volleying at 15-30.

He's 19 years old! He's hitting drop shots at 15-30, he's 19 years old! Then he dives, and at the end of it, he's smiling and he's laughing" - Mats Wilander said. Alcaraz looked to return to the ATP tour during the Australian Open but was forced to withdraw from the tournament after picking up a muscle injury in his right leg during training.

"When I was at my best in preseason, I picked up an injury through a chance, unnatural movement in training. This time it's the semimembranosus muscle in my right leg," Alcaraz wrote on Instagram. "I'd worked so hard to get to my best level for Australia but unfortunately I won't be able to play the Care A2+ Kooyong or the Australian Open."