Rising Star Carlos Alcaraz Receives High Praise from Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg was impressed with Carlos Alcaraz's game after watching him in Madrid

by Jovica Ilic
Rising Star Carlos Alcaraz Receives High Praise from Bjorn Borg

An 11-time Major winner Bjorn Borg watched Carlos Alcaraz's Madrid Masters semi-final clash against Borna Coric. The great Swede was impressed with Carlos' movement and the overall package. Borg praised Alcaraz and backed him to rule men's tennis for many years.

The young Spaniard turned 20 on Friday and conquered his fourth Masters 1000 crown two days later in front of the home fans. Carlos won 117 of his 150 matches before his 20th birthday, becoming the only player to achieve that.

Also, Alcaraz is hungry for more, eager to work hard and become one of the greatest players of all time! His current pace makes him a legit contender, already winning a Major, four Masters 1000 events and collecting 22 weeks as world no.

1, with more to come in two weeks. Carlos claimed his first Major crown at the last year's US Open, becoming the first teenager with a notable trophy since Rafael Nadal in 2005! Also, the young Spaniard earned enough points to finish the season as the first year-end no.

1 teenager in ATP history. Carlos made a name for himself in 2019 and played well after the season's restart in 2020 to prove his potential. The young gun claimed his first ATP title in Umag 2021 and reached the US Open quarter-final several weeks later.

Carlos crowned the season with the Next Gen ATP Finals trophy in Milan and prepared for a thrilling ride in 2022. Alcaraz kicked off the previous season from just outside the top-30 and wished to conclude it in the top-15. Instead, he became the world's best player after the season's last Major and wrote history books.

In February, Carlos conquered his first ATP 500 crown in Rio de Janeiro as the youngest winner on that level since 2009.

Bjorn Borg dropped major praise on Carlos Alcaraz.

The young gun pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits in the Indian Wells semi-final before losing after over three hours.

Carlos fixed that in Miami and became the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal! Alcaraz did not have to wait too long to lift another notable trophy. At the end of April, he conquered Barcelona for back-to-back ATP 500 titles and a place in the top-10 at 18.

Not stopping there, the youngster lifted another Masters 1000 trophy in front of the home fans in Madrid after impressive wins over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev within three days! Carlos became the world no.

1 contender and added more valuable points with the Roland Garros quarter-final. Alcaraz lost back-to-back ATP finals on clay in July and came to the US Open as world no. 4. He saved a match point in the quarter-final thriller against Jannik Sinner to remain on the title course.

Carlos overpowered Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final and advanced to his first Major final at 19. Alcaraz fought for the ATP throne and a Major title against Casper Ruud and scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes.

After this incredible success, the Spaniard slowed down a bit and rested his body. He injured his left abdominal wall against his coeval Holger Rune at the Paris Masters, retiring in the second set's closing stages. Alcaraz revealed an abdominal muscle injury that sidelined him from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals.

Carlos made an impressive comeback in February 2023, losing only two matches this season and conquering four ATP titles to become the ATP Race leader ahead of Rome and Roland Garros. "Carlos Alcaraz will become world no. 1 again soon, and he can stay there for many years.

I like his whole game, the way he plays and moves; there are no weaknesses. To watch this young guy play is unbelievable; I'm impressed," Bjorn Borg said.

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