Rafael Nadal says Carlos Alcaraz's "only rival" at the moment is Novak Djokovic and also added he wasn't surprised by the Spaniard's Wimbledon final win over the Serb. Alcaraz, 20, already has a pretty impressive resume as he has two Grand Slam titles, five Masters titles, and he has already been ranked at No 1 a couple of times.
This year, Alcaraz prevented Djokovic from winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title after beating the Serb in five sets in the final at The Championships. By losing to Alcaraz, Djokovic suffered his first defeat at Wimbledon since 2017 and his streak of 34 consecutive wins at The Championships came to an end.
Going into this year's Wimbledon, Djokovic was considered the dominant favorite to win it all at The Championships again. Although Alcaraz was playing great throughout Wimbledon, Djokovic was still given the edge considering his grass and Wimbledon resume - but the Spaniard delivered a huge performance to win his first Wimbledon title.
Nadal on Alcaraz: His Wimbledon win over Djokovic doesn't surprise me
"I think that Carlos is little surprised by what he can do. He has been number one in the world until recently. And although he is very young, right now, practically, the only rival I see for him is Djokovic.
He is a step above everyone else. My feeling from outside the circuit is that when he plays, the matches normally depend on him 90% of the days. In that sense, I think that what happened at Wimbledon does not surprise me, and that it is not surprising, it means how good Carlos is and in that case everything that the level he has implies.
The reality is that it is fantastic news for sport and for tennis to have someone like him, who is doing what he is doing and, on top of that, with so much time ahead of him," Nadal told Diario AS.
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