Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski says tennis is in great hands with Carlos Alcaraz and tennis fans don’t need to worry about what will happen with the men’s game once Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are gone.
Alcaraz has done accomplished something that not many players have – he defeated Nadal and Djokovic at the same tournament. On Friday, Alcaraz defeated Nadal 6-2 1-6 6-3 in the Madrid Masters quarterfinal. A day later, Djokovic took out world No.
1 Djokovic 6-7 (5) 7-5 7-6 (5) to reach his first Madrid final. The match between Alcaraz and Djokovic lasted three hours and 35 minutes. “@alcarazcarlos03 just beat Nadal and Djokovic back to back. We talk about tennis not being the same when the big 3 are no more.
Another superstar always arrives. Real Deal. Men’s tennis is a good place,” Rusedski wrote on Twitter.
.@alcarazcarlos03 just beat Nadal and Djokovic back to back. We talk about tennis not being the same when the big 3 are no more.
Another superstar always arrives. Real Deal. Men’s tennis is a good place. — Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) May 7, 2022
Alcaraz on winning a thriller versus Djokovic
Alcaraz broke Djokovic in the opening game of the match but Djokovic broke back in the eighth game.
In the 10th game, Alcaraz saved a set point and the set eventually went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, Alcaraz saved three consecutive set points but couldn’t save the fourth as Djokovic won a tight opener. In the second set, Alcaraz saved a break point in the 11th game before breaking Djokovic in the 12th game to force a decider.
Alcaraz had a match point on Djokovic’s serve in the 10th game but didn’t realize and the match had to be resolved in a tie-break. Alcaraz opened a 6-4 lead in the tie-break – didn’t realize his second match point but converted his third to complete a comeback win.
“I don’t know what the difference [between us] was,” Alcaraz said after the match. “It was so close. He had the chances to break my serve at the end of the second set. In the first set as well it was so close in the tie-break. Honestly I don’t know what made the difference”.