Novak Djokovic: 'I started to believe that I could win against...'

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Novak Djokovic: 'I started to believe that I could win against...'

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are two of the most anticipated tennis players in this Masters 1000 in Madrid. The first, the number one in the world, has so far experienced a difficult year with several tournaments which, due to the choice not to get vaccinated, have not allowed him to take the field.

On the other hand, instead, the enfant prodige of world tennis, the one who according to most insiders is destined to take the inheritance and dominion of the Big Three. Nobody expected such a rapid rise and now Alcaraz starts almost as a favorite in every tournament he plays, this just a few days from the age of 19.

The two could even compete in this tournament, specifically in the semifinals. Through the Twitch channel of the Mutua Madrid Open the number one, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic, expressed his opinion on the rapid rise in the Alcaraz circuit, increasingly appreciated by professionals and colleagues.

Here are his words: "What I like about Carlos is that a very respectful boy, he has great values ​​and I can consider him a great person. What he has done in these months is incredible, considering his age. I think it is fantastic to have a player of his caliber in the world of tennis and it is fundamental for the future of this sport all over the world, not only in Spain "But then Nole warns the young player:" In the near future all this pressure could cost him.

darling, it won't be easy for him. Having a point of reference like Juan Carlos Ferrero is certainly very good and will be able to give him balance."

Nole doesn't have a winning record against Rafael Nadal on clay

Novak Djokovic has reminisced about his epic battle with 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal at the Caja Magica in Madrid in 2009.

"It was an incredible match, had some match points. We were rallying in one of those match points, and he hit an incredible inside-in forehand winner on the line. It always is a great battle with Rafa, particularly playing him here in his home, in his home country Spain, on his favourite surface clay.

It was the closest I got to beating him on clay at that point." Buoyed by that narrow miss, Djokovic would notch up his first win over Nadal on clay two years later. "I think I had my first win on clay against him in 2011.

But that match (2009 Madrid) was extraordinary. We played something like three tiebreaks. I don't exactly remember the scoreline, but every set was close. And then I started to believe that I could win against him on clay. Till that point, he was dominating our matchups."