Carlos Alcaraz is in the ‘Class’ of Nadal and Djokovic claims Chris Evert, puts the World No 1 ahead of Zverev, Thiem and Medvedev

Tennis expert Chris Evert believes that Carlos Alcaraz has now joined the same class as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.


Carlos Alcaraz is in the ‘Class’ of Nadal and Djokovic claims Chris Evert, puts the World No 1 ahead of Zverev, Thiem and Medvedev

Carlos Alcaraz (Credits: Twitter)

Chris Evert, an expert commentator for Eurosport, has expressed her admiration and surprise at the exceptional performance of Carlos Alcaraz in his comeback from injury, particularly in the lead-up to the French Open. Alcaraz’s remarkable display saw him defeat Daniil Medvedev, who had been in top form, in a thrilling match to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and claim the Indian Wells title in California. This triumph also propelled him to the top of the men’s game, surpassing reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.

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Having gone through six matches at Indian Wells without dropping a single set, Alcaraz has made a resounding comeback to the ATP Tour following his absence from the season’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne due to an injury. His performance at Indian Wells indicates that he is likely to mount a strong challenge at Roland-Garros. In achieving his victory, the 19-year-old has joined Rafael Nadal as the only two male players to win three Masters 1000 titles before turning 20, and this feat has left Chris Evert deeply impressed.

“I think he will bring the level up of Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz, Daniil Medvedev and the players that are going to be the new leaders in the men’s game,” She said. “I think Carlos will improve their game because they’re going to have to play better than their best when they play him if they want to beat him. He’s not unbeatable by any means, but at his best, he is.”

According to Chris Evert, younger players such as Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, and Daniil Medvedev were once considered as potential successors to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, but they never quite reached that level. However, Evert now believes that Carlos Alcaraz has joined the same class as Djokovic and Nadal, and is one of the top players to watch out for.

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Carlos Alcaraz has made a remarkable comeback to the top

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz (Credits: Twitter)

The commonly held belief in professional sports is that it is difficult to reach the top, but maintaining that position is even more challenging. Carlos Alcaraz is well aware of this fact, but he displayed remarkable maturity in handling the pressure of the 2023 BNP Paribas Open, ultimately emerging as the winner. His victory at Indian Wells propelled him to the No. 1 spot in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, making him the youngest tennis player ever to achieve this feat.

Carlos Alcaraz, at the age of 19 years and 10 months, has returned to the top of the tennis world, a position he initially attained in September by winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. His recent victory at the Indian Wells tournament, where he secured his third ATP Masters 1000 title, has brought back the smile on his face. The young tennis player from Murcia has now reclaimed his position as the top player in the men’s tour, which is a remarkable feat as no other player has ever achieved this before the age of 21.

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