'Novak Djokovic should have never gotten himself into...', says expert



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'Novak Djokovic should have never gotten himself into...', says expert

Carlos Alcaraz could soon start to affect the fight for the Slam title between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The talented Spaniard is definitely in his prime and his continued growth shouldn't put big limits on his results.

The 18-year-old from Murcia won his first Masters 1000 at the Miami Open and became the third youngest player in history to do so. Only Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal have done better than him. His victory over Casper Ruud in the final also allowed Alcaraz to overtake Jannik Sinner and move within 29 points of the top ten.

Tenth position is currently held by Cameron Norrie, who was beaten by Alcaraz at the Indian Wells Masters 1000. The Spaniard has spoken on more than one occasion about his aspirations and the sacrifices he is willing to make to fulfill his dreams.

In an interview granted to the newspaper "Marca", he was not afraid to reveal that he is willing to make sacrifices, he was not afraid to reveal his two main goals: to become number one in the world and win Grand Slam tournaments.

"I think I am prepared both physically and mentally. I have the confidence, the level and the physicality to win a Grand Slam. I may not win Roland Garros right away, but for a Grand Slam this year I see myself ready. And I'm not afraid to say it.

I know there are great players. I think of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas."

Jim Courier on Nole Djokovic

Jim Courier weighed in on Novak Djokovic's controversial last-minute withdrawal from the 2022 Indian Wells Masters in a recent interview.

Courier admitted that the World No. 1 could have used the good publicity from announcing his decision sooner. "Novak Djokovic has been consistent in his approach. He is not going to get vaccinated, that is clear. He is going to use the rules that are available [and try to play as much as possible].

He is allowed to stay in the draw," Courier said. "I would have chosen, if I were him, to withdraw prior to the qualification rounds starting. I think he could have used the good publicity, but he is within his rights [to wait until the last-minute to withdraw]."

Courier brushed off the entire fiasco as a "political move" by the country's politicians looking for publicity, remarking that Djokovic should have never gotten himself into the "mess" in the first place.

"It didn't work in Australia. What happened in Australia screams of a political move by people looking for publicity," Courier said. "I don't think he should have even tried to get there, it became a mess."