In the latest edition of the Player's Voice series on Eurosport, Carlos Alcaraz talked about the Big 3, the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer, his countryman Rafael Nadal and the Serbian world no.1 Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz explained: "I met Rafael Nadal for the first time during an awards ceremony of the Rafa Nadal Tour.
At the time, I didn't even dare to exchange a word with him. When I started to converse with Rafa, I realized that he is a kind and humble person. If you don't know who Nadal is and everything he has won, you might mistake him for an ordinary guy.
It is precisely these qualities of him that make him so special." ATP number 1 Novak Djokovic spent fine words for Alcaraz. The Serbian champion has admitted to seeing himself again in the young Iberian talent. About this, Alcaraz said: "When Nole released those statements, I was blown away.
I sent him a message and thanked him for his affectionate phrases." Many compare Alcaraz to Nadal, but the young Spanish tennis player has a different idea about it. In fact he said: "I think my playing style is reminiscent of Roger Federer's one.
I love to be aggressive and I like to come to the net to close the point."
The Big 3 season
The Big 3 have rewritten the history of men's tennis, having monopolized the ATP tour for the past decade and a half. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are currently paired at 20 Grand Slams each, after the Serbian has closed the gap thanks to his resounding 2021.
The number 1 in the world came close to the 'Calendar Grand Slam' this year, but failed to complete the job at the US Open. Blocked by tension and physically exhausted, the 34-year-old from Belgrade surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the final act in New York.
Should he triumph at Flushing Meadows, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. Roger and Rafa had to deal with a number of physical problems, which limited their appearances in 2021.
The Swiss has undergone yet another knee operation, while the Spaniard has played just seven tournaments due to a chronic foot injury.