'Novak Djokovic's absences helped him', says ATP ace

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'Novak Djokovic's absences helped him', says ATP ace

2022 marked the definitive explosion of Carlos Alcaraz. After showing flashes of crystal-clear talent last year, the 19-year-old Spaniard has literally taken off this season. Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé has won two ATP 500s (Rio and Barcelona), two Masters 1000s (Miami and Madrid) and put the icing on the cake by winning the US Open.

By winning his first Grand Slam, 'Carlitos' also became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis. It cannot be denied that Alcaraz's rise has been facilitated by the repeated absences of Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian champion played little in 2022 due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The 35-year-old from Belgrade had to skip the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).

As if that weren't enough, the failure to award points at Wimbledon plunged him into the standings. In an interview with the 'Mundo Deportivo', Albert Ramos analyzed the progression of his young compatriot.

Ramos reflects on Alcaraz's season

If Albert Ramos has clearly not raised crowds since the start of his career, he deserves to be a very regular player.

Current 40th player in the world, the Spaniard, barring disaster, will end a season for the seventh time in his career in the top 50. Recently interviewed by the Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, the 34-year-old spoke in particular about the meteoric rise of his 19-year-old compatriot, Carlos Alcaraz.

“I know him very well and I also played against him. I never beat him (smiles). I lost a match, with a match point in my favor, at Roland Garros. Alcaraz is a great player. With a lot of power and very fast. If he doesn't get injured, he will be a great player for many years.

Moreover, the fact that Novak Djokovic does not play every tournament has allowed Alcaraz to reach the number one spot." The former World Number 1 is currently in Israel to participate in the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Yesterday, he had a comfortable straight-set victory over Vasek Pospisil in the quarterfinal to advance into the last four of the tournament.

However, an unfamiliar situation occurred when the score read 5-3 in the second set. During the post-match interview after his commanding victory over the Canadian, Djokovic talked about his performance. He said, “It was a great, positive win… I think the level of tennis was really high.

Especially towards the end of the first set and the second set. Credit to him for fighting. Great to see him back”.