Novak Djokovic hailed the new Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz and said that the Spanish tennis star possesses the “best of all three worlds”, cloning the talents of himself, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Alcaraz beat Djokovic 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final on Sunday after four hours and 42 minutes of intense action on Centre Court.
The defeat in the final shattered 36-year-old Djokovic’s bid to claim a record-equalling eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam crown.
Asked what makes the 20-year-old Alcaraz such a threat, the Serb star explained that he has duplicated his weapons, as well as Federer and Nadal — the storied ‘big three’ of tennis who between them have 65 Grand Slam titles.
In the immediate aftermath of his loss on Sunday, Djokovic was full of praise for Alcaraz.
Just last month, Djokovic defeated the Spaniard in the French Open semi-finals, with Alcaraz’s challenge undermined by body cramping brought on by the stress of facing his rival. However, Alcaraz has now beaten Djokovic twice in their three meetings, having first got the better of him on clay at the Madrid Masters last year.
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