'Novak Djokovic's basically going against it', says top coach



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'Novak Djokovic's basically going against it', says top coach

An escalation that began a few months ago, which has not stopped and has not had so many mishaps. The incredible growth of Carlos Alcaraz is under the gaze of all fans and connoisseurs: probably few, definitely not most, would have expected that the Spaniard at 18 years old was already in the top 15 of the ATP world ranking.

The Iberian has had a great start to the 2022 season: from the third round at the Australian Open, where he impressed with his new, more muscular and visually devastating physique, to the win in Rio de Janeiro on clay, going through the two Won semifinals in Indian Wells and Miami.

In this last tournament, the player is still in the draw and will face the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, holder of the title, for a place in the final act in the evening. The youngster from 2003 has impressed everyone this time of year on concrete and these last two weeks have been proof of that.

The Murcian has been playing high-level tennis and has beaten several of the best players in the world, including the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded number three, and the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, who was the only one who took a set from him and dragged him to the tie-break in the decisive third, which Alcaraz won with great force and "maturity."

With that lofty victory, the Spaniard became the third youngest semifinalist in the history of the Florida Masters1000, only behind Felix Auger-Aliassime (in 2019, with the Canadian being exactly 18 years, 7 months and 19 days) and of the champion of 21 Slam titles Rafael Nadal (18 years, 10 months and 27 days, reaching the final).

During the podcast, Rob Steckley highlighted how he holds Novak Djokovic in the highest regard for staying true to his words and beliefs.

Rob Steckley reflects on Djokovic

Canadian tennis coach Rob Steckley recently lauded Novak Djokovic's dedication to his principles, explaining how it takes a great deal of courage for someone, especially in the Serb's position, to go against the tide.

"You have Djokovic who is sticking to his beliefs on you know against, what was it, not getting fully vaccinated? I'm definitely not statistically inclined so bear with me, but I do know that his beliefs are something that he believes in and that's what he stands by and it's crazy to think that somebody that's in his position is going to stick to his guns amongst everything that's happening against the world.

So he's basically going against it. I find that also incredibly admirable," Steckley added. "I have the utmost respect for him and I think a lot of people questioned that at the beginning but when you really know his story and his beliefs that I think that's what humanity is all about right, that's what he believes in," Rob Steckley said. "And I gained a lot of respect after listening to his story in Australia."