McEnroe shocks: "Alcaraz is better then Federer, Nadal and Djokovic at 21"

The American legend crowned the young Spaniard, comparing him to the Big 3

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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McEnroe shocks: "Alcaraz is better then Federer, Nadal and Djokovic at 21"
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Three Slam titles at 21 years old, on three different surfaces. Numbers, data and statistics say that Carlos Alcaraz is predestined, the one who will take over the legacy of the Big 3. The victory at Roland Garros certified this.

John McEnroe talked about Alcaraz after the Paris victory, crowning the young Spaniard and highlighting how Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were not so strong and complete at 21 years old.

"For me Alcaraz is better than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at 21 years old. We are talking about a unique tennis player and we will certainly need him for a long time in this sport. You have to love Carlos for everything he brings to the court. The most what's important is the smile that Carlos brings to the pitch. That joy of competing that is difficult to feel, it's difficult to always have a smile when you're stressed," analyzed McEnroe.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Images Sport - Tim Goode
 

Alcaraz should come back next week on the court with the Queen's tournament in London, after the historic victory at Roland Garros Carlos. Victory which allowed Alcaraz to become the youngest tennis player in history to win three Slams out of as many finals played. The Spanish champion is predestined, his victories always leave fans amazed. In addition to his spectacular play - perhaps unique on the ATP Tour - the young Spaniard explained that he wins because he smiles.

"I always win because I smile. I've always said that for me, smiling is the key to everything, I love playing in big stadiums and in very important tournaments. This is the most important thing for me, I think about having fun and I tend to always smile," he told.

Carlos Alcaraz
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At the conference after the victory against Alexander Zverev in the Roland Garros final, Carlitos analyzed what were the most important moments of the match.

"In the third set I was ahead 5-2 but I didn't feel superior to him, I couldn't find a way to put him in difficulty, I had the feeling that he could win the games without problems and in the end he really came back. In the fourth set fortunately he I started in a more relaxed way and starting from 4-0 helped me manage, then in the fifth set I simply gave everything, I did what warriors do and I consider myself one," he explained.

Talking about the Olympics, Alcaraz added: "Coming back to the Olympics soon as a champion in Paris will be special, I will have special memories and I won't hide it. I think it will be a very beautiful tournament, my first Olympics immediately after winning my first Roland Garros. I hope to do well, I want to win gold and at the same time play doubles together with Rafael Nadal, I won't believe it until I see it with my own eyes."

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Regarding his exponential growth, Carlitos explained: "There were times when I had to make difficult decisions, give up on the tournament who I cared about, I had to face various uncertainties but I have to thank my team who helped me and who I consider like family I don't play alone, my family is there."

His career has just begun and Carlos has already fulfilled some childhood dreams.

"That child would be proud of the fact that he won this tournament at such a young age, I worked a lot and made a lot of sacrifices to get here, I'm really happy. I watched these tournaments on TV and told myself that one day I would win them, now I have. Achieving these goals is very nice for me, my family and everyone around me, I'm fulfilling my dreams," he said.

Alexander Zverev & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Alexander Zverev & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport
 

Alcaraz will get a tattoo with the Eiffel Tower and the date of his victory at the first Roland Garros.

"How will my parents take this situation? Well, they don't care and I've already told them that it will be the first of many. For a boy from Murcia like me it's a pride to make the history of this sport, I'm happy for myself, my family and all my people. From this tournament I learned the lesson that great mental strength is needed in tennis. You may not play very well, but it takes great mental strength, especially in decisive moments. If you are weak in the head, even if you play your best tennis, you will not win in the end. To win a Slam you need great mental strength, I thought a lot about this and after this tournament I came to this conclusion," said Carlitos.

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