Boris Becker Hails Carlos Alcaraz: A History-Making Tennis Phenom!
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 2436
Like everyone else, Boris Becker is impressed with Carlos Alcaraz's tennis! A six-time Major winner praised the young gun and what he has shown in the last couple of years. Becker labeled Alcaraz as someone who plays 'different tennis' and called him a history maker.
Boris honored Carlos' will and desire for improvements and big goals, wishing to see him around for the next 15 years. The young Spaniard won 117 of 150 matches before his 20th birthday, becoming the only player to achieve that.
Also, Alcaraz wants to accomplish so much more in the future, eager to work hard and become one of the greatest players ever! His current pace makes him a legit contender for that spot, already winning a Major, four Masters 1000 events and collecting 22 weeks as world no.
1. 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 at a high level 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 sevearal weeks later.
Carlos crowed 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 in September, celebrating his first Major title in New York and writing history books.
Boris Becker said great words about 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 went all the way to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal!
Alcaraz conquered Barcelona at the end of April for back-to-back ATP 500 titles and a place in the top-10 at 18. 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 entered the US Open as world no. 4. He saved a match point in the quarter-final thriller against Jannik Sinner and overpowered Frances Tiafoe to advance into 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. Carlos missed the ATP Finals due to an injury and experienced another ahead of this year's Australian Open.
The young Spaniard returned to action in February and caught all the rivals! Alcaraz won four ATP titles in 2023, including two at a Masters 1000 level. Carlos leads the ATP Race and will become world no. 1 for the third time after the Rome Masters.
"Carlos plays tennis very differently. What impresses me the most is his powerful style of play. You can only do a little when he hits his forehand with full topspin. Whoever dares take on a rally against him has lost anyway.
We used to say that about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. However, Carlos has even more punch and topspin in his shots. That's why he is rewriting tennis history. I'm fascinated by how he plays this year. It's hard enough to get into the tennis scene and win your first tournaments.
After dealing with injuries the last winter, Carlos continues to play where he left off and brings absolute world-class performances. For me, it's a sign he will stay there and keep winning big tournaments. If he stays healthy, Carlos will remain a Major contender for the next ten years; he has the talent and appetite for that.
However, many things can go wrong. Carlos can experience an injury or lose his will after winning every big tournament three or four times. I wish him to keep his desire and passion for our wonderful sport and remain around for 15 years," Boris Becker said.