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Carlos Alcaraz will get brutally sincere on if he can attain Novak Djokovic’s 24 Slams

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Carlos Alcaraz says it’s nonetheless too early to consider catching Novak Djokovic’s all-time Grand Slam however acknowledges that he would undoubtedly don’t have anything towards pulling off that astonishing feat.

Alcaraz, who turned 21 in early Might, lifted his third Grand Slam title on Sunday after beating Alexander Zverev 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 within the French Open remaining. Beforehand, Alcaraz grew to become a Grand Slam champion on the 2022 US Open and his second Slam win got here ultimately 12 months’s Wimbledon.

Whereas Alcaraz is off to a fantastic begin to his profession and already has three Grand Slams, he’s nonetheless 21 Slams away from tying Djokovic’s all-time file of 24 Slam wins. Nevertheless, since Alcaraz could be very younger and tipped by many to be a dominant and powerful pressure for the following decade, some suppose the Spaniard has an opportunity at emulating or at the least coming near the Grand Slam numbers of the Massive Three. 

And after his newest Slam win, Alcaraz was requested about the opportunity of reaching Djokovic’s Slam numbers. 

“I do not know, I hope so,” Alcaraz responded.

“Properly, I talked to Juan Carlos [Ferrero, his coach] yesterday. Earlier than going through this remaining, he informed me, you are going to combat in your third Grand Slam title, with all the pieces you have got been by means of, and you realize the troublesome a part of profitable a Grand Slam, and Djoko has 24.

“It’s unbelievable. Proper now I am unable to give it some thought. I simply need to maintain going, and let’s have a look at what number of Grand Slams I am gonna take on the finish of my profession. Hopefully attain the 24, however proper now I’ll get pleasure from my third one, and let’s have a look at sooner or later.”

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Photographs Sport – Tim Goode

 

Alcaraz mentions a Wimbledon remaining win over Djokovic as considered one of his proudest achievements 

When Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud within the 2022 US Open remaining, he grew to become a Grand Slam champion at 19 but in addition secured the world No. 1 rating for the primary time in his profession. 

When Alcaraz surprised Djokovic in final 12 months’s Wimbledon remaining, he grew to become the primary participant since 2018 to beat the Serb at Wimbledon and he additionally prevented the seven-time Wimbledon champion from profitable his fifth consecutive title at The Championships. 

Requested to call his proudest accomplishments, Alcaraz talked about his first Slam title and turning into the world No. 1 for the primary time, and in addition his 2023 Wimbledon remaining win over Djokovic.

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“That is a troublesome query. I imply clearly the US Open once I reached for the primary time the No. 1 one thing that I dreamed since I began taking part in tennis getting my first Grand Slam, so it is fairly particular. However actually the best way that I gained Wimbledon beating Novak Djokovic in 5 units it has been a fantastic achievement for me.” Alcaraz mentioned. 

“And proper now lifting the Roland Garros trophy realizing all the pieces that I have been by means of the final month with the accidents and all that stuff. I do not know in all probability this one is the second that I actually proud about myself as a result of all the pieces that I’ve completed the final month simply to be prepared for this match with my crew. A number of talks with them, you realize if I’ve to follow if I am unable to follow all that debate with them, it has been actually troublesome for me actually. So I am gonna say this one is probably the most that I am proud about myself.”

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic © Getty Photographs Sport – Clive Brunskill

 

Alcaraz on why profitable the French Open was one thing particular

Rising up, Alcaraz idolized and regarded as much as Rafael Nadal, who’s a file 14-time French Open champion and absolutely the king at Roland Garros. Additionally, Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero’s lone Grand Slam win got here on the 2003 French Open. 

Over time and tennis historical past, the French Open has been a favourite Slam spot for Spanish tennis gamers. With that being mentioned, it meant loads to Alcaraz to hitch a fantastic record of Spanish tennis gamers who’ve gained all of it at Roland Garros.

“Successful a Grand Slam is at all times particular. Successful your first in each Grand Slam is at all times tremendous particular. However in Roland Garros, realizing all of the Spanish gamers who’ve gained this match and with the ability to put my title on that incredible record is one thing unbelievable,” Alcaraz mentioned. 

“[It is] one thing that I dreamed about being on this place since I began taking part in tennis, since I used to be 5, six years previous. So it is a fantastic, nice feeling.”

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Photographs Sport – Tim Goode

 

For Alcaraz, there will not be a lot time to relaxation since he’s scheduled to defend his title on the Queen’s Membership subsequent week earlier than going to Wimbledon additionally because the defending champion.

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