Former three-time ATP champion Jan-Michael Gambill revealed he would like to see Carlos Alcaraz lift the French Open title but added it will be extremely hard to make it past Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz, 19, is having an outstanding 2022 season as he has already won two Masters titles and he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
6 in the world. Alcaraz has made it clear several times that his goal is to win his first Grand Slam title this fortnight. Alcaraz and Djokovic could potentially meet in the French Open semifinal. "As much as I would love to see Alcaraz come through and win it because I love the idea of a young new champion, it’s going to be really hard to beat Novak," Gambill said on the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis, per Sportskeeda.
"I think the tennis that Novak played in Rome, if he gets there it will be real good. He has this way of getting through these tough long matches which is mindboggling, even his last year’s final, he just raises the level of his game."
Gambill: Alcaraz in good hands with Juan Carlos Ferrero
Alcaraz is working with former Grand Slam champion and world No.
1 Ferrero. Ferrero is all about hard work and discipline and Alcaraz's result show that the 19-year-old is more than willing to put in the hard work. After winning back-to-back titles in Barcelona and Madrid, Alcaraz skipped Rome - a decision that was smart, says Gambill.
"Juan Carlos, smart guy, he knows that guy (Alcaraz) needs to take some time off as well, so didn’t play Rome, goes out and wins Madrid and (laughs) look at who he beat there! I mean Rafa, Novak, Zverev. So, they’re making some really intelligent decisions and I think he is here for the long haul, not just to do it all this year.
So yeah, he could be number 1 this year," Gambill said. Alcaraz plays Karen Khachanov in the French Open quarterfinal.