Roger Federer candidly answers if Carlos Alcaraz is similar to Big Three

Federer addresses claims that Alcaraz's game reminds of the Big Three.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Roger Federer candidly answers if Carlos Alcaraz is similar to Big Three
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Roger Federer confirmed he also sees certain similarities between Carlos Alcaraz and the Big Three but also highlighted that declaring the Spaniard "a combination of the Big Three" may be unfair toward the 20-year-old. At just 20, Alcaraz has two Grand Slams in his collection, has won five Masters titles, and has been ranked at No 1 multiple times.

Alcaraz's career just started but he already has a very complete game - and that's something that led to people comparing him to Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. “Yes, I see similarities between Alcaraz’s game and those of Rafa (Nadal), Novak (Djokovic) and myself.

In his forehand, I see a little bit of Rafa’s power and style, and also a little of mine in terms of technique. He also shoots drop shots and uses the slice. He can play behind the line, like Rafa does in defense. He also has defensive qualities that can rival those of Novak.

Even though Novak is at an elite level, because he has been doing it for so many years that he is alone at the top, like Rafa on clay. But if Carlos continues like this, we’re going to talk about him even more, even more highly, and he has the potential to do that if he doesn’t get injured," Federer said on the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast.

Federer on if Alcaraz is 'a combination of the Big Three'

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are widely recognized as the three greatest player in men's tennis history. Whenever Alcaraz was asked if he was trying to copy the Big Three, he would reply by stating that he "wanted to be Carlos Alcaraz." Federer agrees Alcaraz has his own path and suggested that declaring the Spaniard "a combination of the Big Three" may be a bit unfair toward the 20-year-old. “Yes, maybe it’s a combination (of the Big Threes’ games).

But it’s also not fair to say that, because Carlos is Carlos, just like Novak is Novak, and Rafa is Rafa. I don’t like it when we make too many comparisons, I like that everyone is recognized for their own style," Federer said.

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