Andy Roddick says Carlos Alcaraz "shocked" him at Wimbledon since the American tennis legend didn't think that anyone would be able to beat Novak Djokovic at The Championships this year. Alcaraz, 20, admitted at the start of the grass season that there were still things he needed to learn about playing on the trickiest tennis surface and he wasn't putting major expectations on himself to do well.
But then, Alcaraz won Queen's and also won Wimbledon after beating Djokovic in the final 1-6 7-6 (6) 6-1 3-6 6-4. Alcaraz was playing in his first Wimbledon final, while Djokovic was on a run of 34 consecutive wins at Wimbledon and he was targeting his fifth consecutive title at The All England Club.
But Alcaraz had other plans as the Spaniard delivered an impressive performance and also became the first player since 2013 to beat Djokovic on Wimbledon's Centre Court.
Roddick: Alcaraz shocked me, didn't think Djokovic would lose at Wimbledon
“I was shocked by the result of the men’s Wimbledon final.
Two months ago, I don’t think anyone would have predicted Novak being beaten on grass. His dominance on the surface over the last 10 years has actually been underreported, in my opinion. Grass is one of those surfaces that, as a young player, it normally takes a couple of seasons to grasp, but Alcaraz is a different type of dude.
He struggled in the first round of Queen's, didn't look completely natural on the surface, but by the end of the tournament he looked like he'd been playing on it for 10 years. That fifth set was the first time in a long time that I've seen Djokovic on his heels.
The way that Alcaraz is able to create speed, open up his shoulders and push his opponent around is so impressive," Roddick wrote for Betway, as revealed by ClutchPoints. After losing the Wimbledon final, Djokovic gave full credit to Alcaraz and acknowledged that the Spaniard delivered a major performance.