Serena Williams ex-coach said Djokovic is the 'extreme level' for Alcaraz and Sinner

Rick Macci posted his considerations regarding the 'new' Big 3 in X

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Serena Williams ex-coach said Djokovic is the 'extreme level' for Alcaraz and Sinner
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"Jannik Sinner has a few more Levels. Carlos Alcaraz has unlimited Levels. Novak Djokovic is the Level," wrote Rick Macci in an early post.

"The sky is the limit for this man and since he has skied the highest mountains in Italy, he already knows that rare air," wrote before the former coach of Venus and Serena Williams about Sinner.

With these words, Macci defined his hierarchical scale, putting the Serbian champion in first place (the extreme level).

Behind him, with infinite levels, is Carlitos Alcaraz. In third place is Sinner, with few levels. The new Big 3 will not all meet in Monte Carlo, following the withdrawal of Carlitos Alcaraz due to arm problems. But their paths will inevitably have to intertwine again between Madrid, Rome, Paris, Wimbledon and the Olympics.

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Djokovic: Olympics and level

During the media day on the eve of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Djokovic spoke on many topics, including the next Paris Olympics and his current level.

"In the last Olympics it wasn't possible to play and reach my best level, but for me they are a priority. This is the first time we have played at Roland Garros and it will help the preparation, of course before the Olympics there will be Wimbledon and it is certainly not ideal.

The most important time of the year will be from the Roland Garros to the US Open and it is during this period that you will have to be at your best both physically and mentally," he said.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2015© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

"My expectations are not very high, considering the way I played in tournaments this year and also the not so great results achieved in Monte-Carlo in previous seasons.

So I keep expectations low. It's about building my clay game and trying to reach my best. A player like me needs a little more time to express the best level of tennis. I won the title here in 2013 and 2015, a long time ago. I haven't had much success in the last five or six editions of this tournament, but I always hope that things can change.

I will face the tournament with enthusiasm. I didn't play in Miami and I had more time to train on clay and adapt physically to the surface. I have always liked playing in Monte-Carlo, I have had my residence here for years.

Both of my children were born in Monte-Carlo, so I consider it a home. Playing in a familiar environment is extra pressure. Clay is still the most challenging surface in tennis," explained Nole.

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