Novak Djokovic spoke highly of Carlos Alcaraz during a press conference in Belgrade in which he recognized that the 19-year-old Spaniard deserved to win a Grand Slam and reach number 1 in the world. At the US Open -the Grand Slam in which Djokovic was unable to compete due to his vaccinated posture- Alcaraz was proclaimed Grand Slam champion.
In addition, Alcaraz reached world number 1 after his triumph at the US Open. But some were not impressed by Alcaraz’s success at the US Open, saying the result would have been different had Djokovic played. As for Djokovic himself, he believes that Alcaraz “deserves every success.” “He’s playing at a great level, especially after being injured for so long.
It’s impressive that he finds his best level right away, that’s something typical of a mature and experienced player. He doesn’t have that much, but he is showing a lot of maturity. He is a great guy, he has a very good team around him and he deserves every success.
He brings a fresh energy to tennis, with a very striking game and personality. He deserved to be number one and win a Grand Slam, I only have praise for him as a person, but also as a tennis player, since he doesn’t have many flaws, he can play equally well on all surfaces.
He had an injury, but continued his winning streak. At this moment, I do not have as an absolute priority to maintain the first place of the classification. There may be a change in a few weeks, but the priority is to stay healthy and be in the best possible shape.
When I’m good, I can win all the tournaments,” Djokovic said in Belgrade. Also in Belgrade, Djokovic stressed that Rafael Nadal will always be his biggest rival, not Alcaraz. Meanwhile, Djokovic is preparing to return to action at the ATP 500 in Dubai next week.
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Novak Djokovic stated that every time he steps on the court, he believes he is better than every opponent in the world. “Yes, I can relate to that because I believe that what worked for me and still works for me is that self-belief and confidence level,” Djokovic told The National on the sidelines of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
“And I don’t think there’s anything arrogant or pretentious about it, as long as its balanced with respect towards the opponent. I’ve tried throughout my life to always greet and treat every rival with respect,” the Serbian superstar added.
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