Carlos Alcaraz has shown that he is already the present of the sport. The 19-year-old Spaniard has had a dream start to the season, so much so that he has already been crowned the future ruler of men's tennis. Murciano has won four titles in this start of 2022, including two Masters 1000s (Miami and Madrid).
At the Caja Magica, Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé achieved a memorable ride by beating his idol Rafael Nadal, number 1 ATP Novak Djokovic and defending champion Alexander Zverev in sequence. Alcaraz, who has decided to skip the Internationals of Italy to recharge his batteries, will present himself at Roland Garros as one of the big favorites for the victory.
'Carlitos' manages to handle the pressure very well and seems to have a lot of fun on the tennis court. Speaking on Amazon Prime, Annabel Croft made a really interesting parallel between Carlos Alcaraz and Roger Federer.
The Swiss champion is struggling with rehabilitation after yet another operation on his right knee. The 40-year-old from Basel will return in late summer or early autumn.
Croft reflects on Roger Federer
Roger Federer will be 'in awe' of Carlos Alcaraz after his sensational Madrid Open triumph, according to Annabel Croft.
On Sunday, Alcaraz scooped his fourth title of 2022 and the second Masters 1000 crown of his career after his Miami Open victory last month. She told Amazon Prime: "He [Alcaraz] doesn't give you the impression he is going to shy away from pressure like we always said about Federer.
Federer is somebody who would walk towards the fire and tackle pressure head-on, enjoy it, embrace it and like to put the young ones in their place. I'm sure Federer is sitting at home watching him absolutely in awe."
Recently, former World No. 3 and the current coach of Miomir Kecmanović, David Nalbandian, became a part of an ATP podcast. During the podcast, David conversed on a variety of topics ranging from his 2007 Madrid win to coaching Miomir and other players.
However, in the 13-minute-long podcast, what took the limelight was his take on Roger Federer. During the conversation, the podcast host asked David about his take on The Big 3 still being around. Correcting the host, David said, “Well, two are around.
Roger is a bit far away”. Expressing his hope to see Roger back soon, David said, “Everybody is waiting for that. Roger is amazing. It’s always nice to see him playing. How the atmosphere is around”.