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can Alcaraz carry Djokovic’s 24 Slams nearer?

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Carlitos Alcaraz has fulfilled the dream of each tennis fan who, at the least as soon as in his life, has entertained the concept of ​​taking part in tennis. I did it too; I picked up my first racket in 1996, at 11 years outdated, a Wilson signed by Pete Sampras (a printed signature, clearly!). At 11 I began with a summer season camp on the clay-courts of a tennis membership in my hometown. It was love at first sight. With tennis. I proceed to play once in a while, however I’ve by no means been a lot of a participant, apart from newbie matches with pals. Through the years I’ve discovered myself far more inclined to speak and write about tennis. To disseminate, quite than to play. However once I was an 11 yr outdated I additionally dreamed of successful Wimbledon and Roland Garros. The identical dream that Alcaraz had many occasions.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Getty Pictures Sport

 

However now the younger Spanish expertise, as aggressive as he’s, can have different desires and different objectives to set. In step, however with the willpower that solely the predestined have. Within the brief time period there’s the protection of Wimbledon and the Olympic match, once more on the clay-courts of the Roland Garros Stadium. Already in Australia, in 2025 and nonetheless as a 21-year-old, Alcaraz might already full the profession Grand Slam. Loopy.

Are Novak Djokovic’s 24 Slams a dream or a utopia? At this level, it’s too untimely and sophisticated, however I wish to suggest an evaluation, nonetheless immature. Nole’s 24 Slams are one thing distinctive, maybe unrepeatable, however Carlos might at the least come near these numbers. Particularly since there are at present no noteworthy opponents on the horizon. There’s Jannik Sinner. Strong, hardworking. He can problem Carlitos for titles, however in the mean time he’s one or two steps behind the Spanish tennis participant. His most fearsome opponent will clearly be Novak Djokovic, offered that the Serbian champion returns to the identical state we admired in 2023. That is why he’s an unknown.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer – Getty Pictures Sport

 

Nonetheless, I wish to make a distinction that I consider is substantial between Alcaraz and Djokovic. Carlitos can actually carry Djokovic’s 24 Slams nearer. He will not get to that quantity, will probably be troublesome, however he might come shut. Nonetheless, Djokovic reached that quantity within the Large 3 Period, matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. For that reason, the Serbian’s milestones have extra worth than these of the Spaniard.

To this point Alcaraz has gained one Main per season, beginning in 2022. With nonetheless a few years of his profession left, he can think about at the least getting near the data set by the Large 3. Amongst lively tennis gamers, the Spaniard positioned instantly behind the Serbian and his compatriot, equaling the three Main titles gained by Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. Within the press convention after his triumph at Roland Garrps, a journalist requested the Spaniard if he thinks he can attain Nole’s 24 Slams.

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“I do not know, I hope so. I spoke with Ferrero earlier than the ultimate and he made me perceive how troublesome it’s to win one. He even has 24. It is unbelievable. I can not give it some thought in the mean time, I’ve to maintain working after which we’ll see sooner or later which of them I can win. For the second I need to benefit from the victory right here in Paris,” he instructed.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer – Getty Pictures Sport

 

In an interview with Tennis Channel, Carlitos made a comparability between this yr and what occurred final yr in France: “I think about myself a participant who learns from his errors, from the conditions he has skilled. In 2023, within the semifinal right here in opposition to Djokovic, I could not end the match resulting from cramps. I mentioned I’d be taught from then. In actual fact, within the Wimbledon closing in opposition to him I managed my nerves a lot better. A yr later, within the semifinal, I had bodily issues in opposition to Jannik, however I managed it to proceed my run in the direction of the ultimate,” he defined.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer – Getty Pictures Sport

 

Now the Spaniard will concentrate on Wimbledon and the Olympics.

“Within the third set I used to be forward 5-2 however I did not really feel superior to him, I could not discover a method to put him in problem, I had the sensation that he might win the video games with out issues and in the long run he actually got here again. Within the fourth set thankfully he began in a extra relaxed method and ranging from 4-0 helped me handle, then within the fifth set I merely gave every part, I did what warriors do and I think about myself one. Returning to the Olympics quickly as a champion in Paris will likely be particular, I’ll have particular reminiscences and I will not cover it. I believe will probably be a really good match, my first Olympics proper after successful my first Roland Garros. I hope to do effectively, I need to win gold and on the similar time play doubles along with Rafael Nadal, I will not consider it till I see it with my very own eyes. There have been moments through which I needed to make troublesome selections, surrender on these I cared about within the match, I needed to face numerous uncertainties however I’ve to thank my workforce who helped me and who I think about like household. I do not play alone, my household is there,” he mentioned.

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