Feliciano Lopez, in an interview with Sky Sports, celebrated the victory of his countryman Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon. The world number one defeated Novak Djokovic in the fifth set and he won the second Grand Slam of his career.
Alcaraz became the third Spaniard, after Manolo Santana and Rafael Nadal, to triumph at Wimbledon. Furthermore, he is the third youngest in the Open Era to win a title in London: only Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker have done better than him in terms of precociousness.
Lopez praises Alcaraz: "He is a blessing for tennis"
Feliciano told: "We all know how important it is to win Wimbledon when you're only 20. I think Carlos Alcaraz is a real blessing for tennis. It's very rare to see a tennis player win titles when he's 20 or really challenge Djokovic in a Grand Slam final.
I think he is very mature for his age: the proof is the courage he showed in the important moments of the fifth set. He was convinced he could do it. As Novak said in the press conference, I think Carlos, apart from his tennis skills and abilities, possesses incredible mental strength.
He has always had to deal with the pressure of constant confrontation with Rafael Nadal and the rest of the Big 3. But he seems to tolerate it without problems. It's a miracle for me to see a tennis player like Alcaraz in Spain just when Rafa's career is about to end.
Of course we have to be patient. Only time will tell how many Grand Slam tournaments he can win. But I think it's a real blessing for tennis to have someone like him. The way he plays is different from most players. He could become one of the greatest, considering what he's already done.
But it's too early to tell. We have to enjoy his tennis. It is true that Alcaraz has the mental strength of Rafa, the physical condition of Nole. I also see similarities with Roger Federer."
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