‘I don’t think Carlos Alcaraz will win 20 Grand Slams’, assesses top commentator

Ewan West
Carlos Alcaraz in a relaxed mood
Carlos Alcaraz from Spain is in action during a practice session

Tennis commentator Mark Petchey has predicted that Carlos Alcaraz will not win 20 Grand Slam titles in his career, but he backed the Spanish star to reach “double digits.”

The analyst and former ATP player believes the incredible success of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer means players like Alcaraz are being judged “on this ridiculous benchmark.”

Alcaraz has already achieved huge success in his career to date, having claimed two major titles and become the youngest player to be ranked ATP world No 1 after winning the 2022 US Open.

The 20-year-old has gone though a more challenging spell since his remarkable victory at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships in July – which was the last title he won. The Spaniard reached his only final since his All England Club triumph at the Cincinnati Masters in August.

The world No 2 produced an erratic display as he was defeated in four sets by Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the 2024 Australian Open last month.

Djokovic has won a men’s record 24 Grand Slam titles, while Nadal and Federer sit second and third on the all-time list with 22 and 20 respectively.

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During an episode of Tennis Channel’s Inside-In podcast, Petchey defended Alcaraz from criticism he received after the Australian Open and predicted the Spaniard will win many more majors.

“I mean, what was that, his 13th major or something (at the 2024 Australian Open), he’s already won two of them, and everyone’s already coming crashing down and saying, like, ‘he needs to do this’,” the former British No 1 said.

“We live in an unnatural time, because we’ve had these three players that have won 20-plus majors and they have made sporting immortality, like normal.

“So everybody else that’s coming in their shadow is getting judged on this ridiculous benchmark that they are never going to hit. Do I think Carlos is ever gonna hit 20 Grand Slams? I don’t, but will he win double digits? I think he will, pretty good career right?

“I’ll rather be in Carlos’s shoes with a couple of majors under his belt than someone that hasn’t got it who is at the back end of their career, the epilogue of their career going, ‘am I ever gonna do it? I like his situation personally.”

Alcaraz is currently in action at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, where he is the top seed and defending champion. He will take on Nicolas Jarry in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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