World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz playing Roger Federer has always been his chance admits it's maybe better that he will never get a chance to play the Swiss. Alcaraz, 19, was from the generation that grew up watching Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominate the game.
Unfortunately, Federer has played just a couple of tournaments over the last two and a half years. "I always wanted to play Federer but I will never have the chance. Maybe it's better. At least I don't lose," Alcaraz said, per Jose Morgado.
Alcaraz: Federer is class, elegance
"Federer is class, elegance. Pure talent. He lasted so long for the style he had, making everything look so easy. He never retired from a match. I'm 19 years old and already retired once. I feel privileged that I had the chance to watch him play in my childhood," Alcaraz added.
Shortly after winning the US Open, Alcaraz expressed desire to play Federer.
"Federer is class, elegance. Pure talent. He lasted so long for the style he had, making everything look so easy. He never retired from a match. I'm 19yo and already retired once. I feel privileged that I had the chance to watch him play in my childhood." pic.twitter.com/v8SXX1h6nD — José Morgado (@josemorgado) September 19, 2022
Unfortunately for Alcaraz, Federer announced his plans to retire just a few days later. Last Thursday, Federer revealed his intention to retire after this week's Laver Cup. Alcaraz has played Nadal and Djokovic, but never Federer.
In May, Alcaraz defeated Nadal and Djokovic in back-to-back matches en route to winning the Madrid Masters. In the Madrid quarterfinal, Alcaraz clinched his first victory over Nadal after he handed the record 22-time Grand Slam champion a 6-2 1-6 6-3 win.
In his next match, Alcaraz edged out Djokovic in a thriller match with a 6-7 (5) 7-5 7-6 (5) score. Beating Nadal and Djokovic in back-to-back matches is not something that many players can say they have in the portfolio.
Since winning Madrid, Alcaraz has also become a Grand Slam champion. At the US Open, Alcaraz made it all the way to become a Grand Slam champion and the youngest No. 1.
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