Carlos Alcaraz has been among the youngsters to watch since the restart of the season last year. Carlos claimed three Challenger titles through the end of 2020 and set his eyes on higher goals in the current season. The young Spaniard qualified for the Australian Open main draw and became the youngest winner of a Major match since Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2014!
In Paris, Carlos became the youngest player in the third round at Roland Garros since 1992 before claiming a victory at Wimbledon and securing the first ATP title at Umag as the youngest ATP champion since Kei Nishikori in 2008.
After the Winston-Salem semi-final, Carlos experienced his first career at the US Open and advanced to the fourth round as the youngest player since 1989! In the third round, the Spaniard fought no. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6 after four hours and seven minutes, dominating a much more experienced opponent in the decider to reach the round of 16 and demonstrate his quality once again.
After the match, Carlos was excited by the way he played, saying that he does not copy anyone but he mentions Roger Federer as a player with a similar style who attacks from both wings. Alcaraz was a more aggressive player than Tsitsipas, he went for shots and did not step back despite being behind in the third set and experiencing a zero in the fourth.
The youngster got off to a great start, hitting well and taking a 4-0 lead. Carlos claimed the first set with three breaks and led 3-0 in the second before the Greek rallied with five straight games.
Lajovic opens up on the Big 3
Dusan Lajovic recently talked at length about countryman Novak Djokovic, giving his perspective on the asension of the 20-time Major champion to the top of the sport.
"It was a long time ago. It is three years' difference [in age]. I think Novak was 16 years old when I saw him for the first time at a tennis court at Partizan [tennis club]," Lajovic told ATPTour.com. "Everybody was saying, 'This is one of the guys that will be really good at tennis.'
You could see there was something different with him from the other guys." Djokovic broke Roger Federer's record of most weeks as a World No. 1 earlier this year. The 34-year-old also shares the record of most Masters 1000 titles with Rafael Nadal.
Dusan Lajovic, on his part, believes it is "incredible" that Novak Djokovic is so close to achieving tennis immortality. He pointed out that Djokovic's records are especially monumental given that he achieved them during the toughest era of men's tennis.
"It is incredible, especially because you are also playing in this era of the guys who are breaking records," Lajovic said. "To be in the same era as one of the guys who is the greatest of all-time, you know this is history.
It will be really hard for someone to break these records these guys achieved and the way Novak is playing right now."