Ex star praises Alcaraz: "He's as special as Federer, Djokovic and Nadal"

The former Spanish champion David Ferrer compared his young countryman to the Big 3

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ex star praises Alcaraz: "He's as special as Federer, Djokovic and Nadal"
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Carlos Alcaraz is experiencing the most complicated moment of his very young career so far. The former Spanish champion David Ferrer answered several questions about Alcaraz's black period, in the special press conference organized during the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

The Spaniard reached the Rio Open to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Brazilian event, as champion of the second edition. Alcaraz won his last tournament at Wimbledon last year and did not start 2024 in the best way (he ended 2023 in a positive way).

David Ferrer and Carlos Alcaraz
David Ferrer and Carlos Alcaraz© Buda Mendes / Staff Getty Images Sport

At the Australian Open 2024, he suffered a clear defeat in the quarterfinals against Alexander Zverev and, in Buenos Aires, he surrendered in the semifinals, playing a bad match with Nicolas Jarry. In Rio de Janeiro, however, a sprained ankle (which would appear not to be serious) put an end to his career after just two games.

David Ferrer praised Carlitos Alcaraz

In the words collected by Eurosport, Ferrer, current Spanish captain in the Davis Cup. he talked precisely about Alcaraz.

"He is No.2 in the ATP world ranking, but you cannot expect a 20-year-old tennis player to always win. It is logical that we want him to win all the tournaments. In the last year and a half he has expressed a very high level of play and won two Slams.

In Australia he was playing well, but he had a difficult match against a top 10 player: against certain players you can't concede anything. Now Carlos is in a transition year, a year in which it is logical that there is more pressure because we need to maintain a high level and also because his rivals know him better.

This is why I say that Carlos is a special player and of the caliber of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He still has a lot of time and you can't ask him to always win," Ferrer analyzed.

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