Last weekend in London, Team Europe participated in the fifth Laver Cup, and Novak Djokovic was a part of it. Before falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime on the penultimate day, Novak won two matches on Saturday. When Carlos Alcaraz questioned him, Novak lauded the US Open champion and the youngest person to hold the top spot in ATP history.
Alcaraz‘s accomplishments were recognized by Djokovic, who praised them as amazing and described the 19-year-old as a tremendous addition to our sport. Carlos, who has already won a Major and two Masters 1000 championships, has become the most successful adolescent since Rafael Nadal.
The teenager performed admirably in 2021 but, at age 18, dropped out of the top 30. Prior to winning the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro in 2022, he almost lost to Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open. He was the youngest ATP 500 champion since 2009.
Rafa defeated Carlos in the Indian Wells semifinals following a thrilling three-hour-plus match. In Miami, the adolescent recovered and won the trophy to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion. In order to increase his score by 500 points and climb into the top 10, the young Spaniard hoisted the trophy in Barcelona at the end of April.
Alcaraz continued on his winning ways, taking down Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev en route to winning his second Masters 1000 championship in a month and a half in Madrid. With his advancement to the Roland Garros quarterfinals, Carlos took the lead in the ATP standings and gained more points.
Alcaraz, who entered the New York tournament as one of the favorites, lost two ATP finals on clay, in Hamburg and Umag. Albert Ramos hasn’t exactly been a big star on the circuit, but ever since he started playing, he has earned the right to be called a fairly regular player.
Barring a major accident, the Spaniard, who is now ranked 40th in the world, will end a season among the top 50 for the eighth time in his career.
Alcaraz is praised by Marc Barbier
Several coaches and experts were questioned about the traits of the youngest world number one in history for a series on the Carlos Alcaraz phenomenon with our friends at Tennis Majors.
Hugo Gaston, the coach of the Habs, believes that Marc Barbier, 19, is an extraordinarily complete player who has the potential to change the game in the years to come, just like Patrick Mouratoglou did. “Although we are unsure of his intentions, he certainly has the power to alter the game or at the very least add something new to it.
He is, in my opinion, a lot more complete than Rafael Nadal was at his age. This does not imply that his record will remain the same. How he will respond to success is unknown. Maybe he’ll be worn out or injured after a few Grand Slams. But if everything goes right, it’s unlimited for him.”