Former Grand Slam doubles champion Patrick McEnroe says he definitely sees some similarities between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is one of the greatest players in tennis history, while many believe Alcaraz could become an all-time great.
"He's right-handed, (has a) big forehand, a solid two-handed backhand. Maybe not quite the versatility on the slice yet as Djokovic. He plays a similar kind of game to Djokovic but is more electric and more powerful in some ways," McEnroe said on Holding Court With Patrick McEnroe, per Sportskeeda.
"Does he move as well as Djokovic? Pretty darn close. Can he hit the ball bigger on the run? I would say, probably yes."
McEnroe: No weakness in Alcaraz's game
Alcaraz has won two Masters titles this year and he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
6 in the world. In Madrid, Alcaraz beat Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in back-to-back matches. "There really doesn't appear to be any weakness at all in his game...You're gonna have to go out there and grind it out against him.."
He doesn't have any weaknesses other than being a bit inconsistent," McEnroe noted. Alcaraz is often compared to his idol Nadal and McEnroe thinks the 19-year-old is definitely a "special player." "Alcaraz is in the process of taking the game to another level, which is amazing considering what we've seen in the last 15-20 years with those three other guys...He's a special guy," McEnroe added.
When it comes to the top French Open favorite, McEnroe has a hard time choosing between Djokovic and Alcaraz. Nadal isn't where he needs to be with his health and that's why McEnroe is reluctant to name him as the top favorite.
"Alcaraz will walk into the grounds of Roland Garros as a favorite...If you force me to go out on a limb and make a pick right now, it's still hard for me to pick against Novak Djokovic because he's looking like he's peaking," McEnroe opined.