Novak Djokovic: Carlos Alcaraz deserved Grand Slam title, No 1 ranking
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Novak Djokovic spoke extremely highly of Carlos Alcaraz during a press conference in Belgrade as he acknowledged that the 19-year-old Spaniard deserved to win a Grand Slam and reach the world No 1 spot. At the US Open - the Grand Slam where Djokovic wasn't allowed to compete due to his vaccine stance - Alcaraz became a Grand Slam champion.
Also, Alcaraz reached the world No 1 spot following his US Open triumph. But some weren't impressed by Alcaraz's US Open success, saying that the outcome would have been different if Djokovic played. When it comes to Djokovic himself, he believes Alcaraz "deserves every success."
Djokovic speaks extremely highly of Alcaraz
“He is playing at a high level, especially after being injured for so long.
It is impressive that he finds his best level as soon as he returns, that is something typical of a mature and experienced player. He doesn’t have that much, but he is showing a lot of maturity. He’s a great guy, he has a very good team around him and he deserves every success.
He brings a fresh energy to tennis, with a very striking game and personality. He deserved to be number one and win a Grand Slam, I only have praise for him as a person, but also as a tennis player since he doesn’t have many flaws, he can play equally well on all surfaces.
He had an injury, but continued his winning streak. At this point, I don’t have maintaining first place in the ranking as an absolute priority. There may be a change in a few weeks, but the priority is to stay healthy and be in the best shape possible.
When I’m good, I can win all the tournaments," Djokovic said in Belgrade. Also in Belgrade, Djokovic underlined that Rafael Nadal will always be his biggest rival, not Alcaraz. Meanwhile, Djokovic is preparing to return to action at next week's ATP 500 event in Dubai.