Carlos Alcaraz could soon begin to influence the fight for the Grand Slam primacy between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The Spanish talent is definitely forging ahead and his continued growth should not place great limits in terms of results.
The 18-year-old from Murcia clinched his first Masters 1000 at the Miami Open and became the third youngest player in history to reach this milestone. Only Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal did better than him. Furthermore, the success obtained against Casper Ruud in the final allowed Alcaraz to overtake Jannik Sinner and move to just 29 points from the top ten.The tenth position is currently occupied by Cameron Norrie, defeated by Alcaraz at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.
The real question is: Can Carlos Alcaraz already win a Grand Slam? The Spanish talent has shown that he can compete at high levels with the best, even if it is still to be understood how his performances against the Big 3 on the different playing surfaces could be.
With Nadal in Australian, on hard-courts, he played and lost a splendid game.
Can Carlos Alcaraz already win a Grand Slam?
The Spaniard has spoken on more than one occasion about his aspirations and the sacrifices he is willing to make to make his dreams come true.
In an interview with the newspaper Marca, he was not afraid to reveal his two main goals: to become world number one and win Grand Slam tournaments. He said: "I think I'm ready both physically and mentally. I have the confidence, the level and the physique to win a Grand Slam.
Maybe I won't win Roland Garros right away, but for a Grand Slam this year I see myself prepared. And I'm not afraid to say it. I know there are great players. I am thinking of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.
But I feel like I'm ready to win one, even though I have no idea when the time might come, but I hope it will happen as soon as possible. I'm a different player now than last year. All the experiences that I have lived have helped me to successfully face the semifinal and the final of a Masters 1000."
Recall that Djokovic will come back to the court at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, while Nadal, struggling with a stress fracture of the third left rib, will try to play the first tournament on clay-courts of his 2022 in Madrid.