Novak Djokovic issues major statement on Carlos Alcaraz's future

Djokovic speaks extremely highly of Alcaraz.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic issues major statement on Carlos Alcaraz's future
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic believes Carlos Alcaraz will lead tennis for "the next 10 or 15 years" and be the face of tennis once he, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are all retired. 

Alcaraz, 20, accomplished major success very early as the Spaniard already has two Grand Slam titles to his name. Also, Alcaraz has already had several stints at the world No. 1 spot. 

After Federer retired in 2022, Nadal will likely also end his career in 2024. But in 2023, Djokovic found a new big rival in Alcaraz. 

"It's good that there's a great new rivalry in tennis. He's going to lead for the next 10 or 15 years. Rafa didn't play in 2023, Federer retired... Our generation is coming to an end, but the emergence of Alcaraz is great," Djokovic said in Saudi Arabia ahead of his exhibition match against Alcaraz.

Alcaraz's emergence motivated Djokovic

After Alcaraz won the 2022 US Open, won a couple of Masters titles and reached the world No. 1 ranking, he officially established himself as a threat to Djokovic. Djokovic, whose lone Grand Slam loss in 2023 came against Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final, recently admitted that the Spaniard's emergence forced him to "reinvent myself" and motivated him to push harder. 

"The young guys who are very hungry and very inspired to play their best tennis against me is an additional motivation. I think they kind of awaken a beast in me. He’s [Alcaraz] as a complete of a player as I have seen in ages. It's a great opportunity for me to reinvent myself and really push harder than I ever did," Djokovic said on 60 Minutes on CBS Sports earlier this month.

Going into the 2024 season, the general expectation is that Djokovic and Alcaraz will be the top contenders for the biggest titles. 

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