'Roger Federer was in the quarterfinals despite...', says top journalist

Federer is one of the greatest players of all time

by Simone Brugnoli
'Roger Federer was in the quarterfinals despite...', says top journalist

Carlos Alcaraz became the third youngest player in history to win a Masters 1000 tournament. The Spanish talent won the Miami Open by beating Casper Ruud in the final and moved within a few points of the top ten. Alcaraz has shown that he can beat the best players on the Tour despite his young age and his impression is that he will soon have a say in Grand Slam tournaments as well.

Rick Macci, former coach of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick, focused on Alcaraz’s potential in the latest video published on his YouTube channel. “I have seen many players, some with a lot of potential.

I saw Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic when they were younger, but in the last 30 years I haven't seen anyone like Alcaraz," Macci explained. "He has it all. First, the movement. He moves naturally on the pitch. His speed is insane.

He has a slightly different genetics and generates power through his lower body. He is a unique athlete. You can see a lot of Rafa in him, in his mentality. He has the patience and, above all, he is not afraid. I've never seen anyone at the age of 18 go from defense to attack in the blink of an eye.

His ability to hit winners in a complicated situation is amazing. He can become the greatest player of all time. In general, the game of him is very mature. He intimidates you because of his speed."

Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time

Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time.

He is revered for his exploits on the court and the way he has conducted himself off the court. "I don't presume to know how he developed personally. I'm not his friend, not a family member. An interview is an interview. Here he is very pleasant, very open.

He hasn't changed at all in certain areas - even if he has become a billionaire in the meantime (laughs). He always asks questions. My first conversation in 2001 was less of an interview and more of a conversation. And in 2019, the last time I spoke to him, it was the same," Clarey said.

According to Christopher Clarey, Roger Federer believes he can win another Major after coming so close at the 2019 Wimbledon. "When Roger was last healthy, he was only one point away from winning Wimbledon – one point!

I think he expects to have another good chance. Sure, on paper it didn't look bad in 2021, he was in the quarterfinals at the age of 39," Clarey said. Personally, I don't think he'll get any further than before, I think there are too many players in the way. But why should Roger think so?"

Roger Federer