Justine Henin: "Carlos Alcaraz more complete than Federer, Nadal and Djokovic"

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Justine Henin: "Carlos Alcaraz more complete than Federer, Nadal and Djokovic"

Carlos Alcaraz is the tennis player of the moment. The very young Spanish star, who turned 19 year-old just five days ago, is climbing the ATP ranking Thanks to the triumph on the clay in Madrid, which is added to that of Rio de Janeiro and the one on concrete in Miami, the player of Juan Carlos Ferrero has reached position number 6 in the world rankings.

The name of Alcaraz is on everyone's lips at the moment, including that of the former Belgian player Justine Henin, who exalted the tennis skills of Murciano alongside him, indeed putting him above the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in terms of play.

The 7-time Grand Slam champion and former world number 1, in an interview with the Belgian newspaper Sudinfo, analyzed: "In terms of the game, Carlos Alcaraz seems to me more complete than Nadal, Federer or Djokovic."

Alcaraz breaks record after record

The progress that Carlos Alcaraz is making in such a short time is impressive.

From January to today alone, the 19-year-old from El Palmar has taken home four trophies, including two Masters 1000s, in addition to the ATP 500s in Rio and Barcelona. To these must be added the first triumph in the circuit in Umag in July 2021, which brings the total of titles won in as many finals played to five.

The prodigious pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero broke record after record and the Madrid tournament was also an opportunity to further rewrite the history of tennis. The Iberian, in fact, managed to become the first athlete ever to consecutively beat the two great Slam champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same tournament and on clay-courts Hardly anyone has been able to do this in the last 20 years.

Or rather, 12 tennis players have done it, but on different surfaces, and they are: David Nalbandian in Madrid 2007, David Ferrer at the 2007 Nitto ATP Finals, Andy Roddick in Dubai in 2008, Nikolai Davidenko in Shanghai in 2009, Robin Soderling at the 2009 Finals, Ivan Ljubicic at Indian Wells in 2010, Roger Federer at the 2010 Finals, Stan Wawrinka at the 2014 Australian Open, Juan Martin del Potro at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev at the 2020 ATP Finals.