Carlos Alcaraz ‘combines qualities’ of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, says top coach
What do you get when you combine the creativity of Roger Federer, the counter-attacking qualities of Novak Djokovic and the ability to play long rallies with top spin like Rafael Nadal? You get Carlos Alcaraz, according to Patrick Mouratoglou.
Alcaraz has been sensational this year as he has risen to No 1 in the ATP Rankings after some incredible results. The teenager started the season outside the top 32, but he won four titles – including his first two ATP Masters 1000 trophies at the Miami Open and Madrid Open – to surge into the top 10.
Things didn’t really click at the two European Grand Slams as he reached the quarter-final of the French Open and round of 16 at Wimbledon.
He then followed it up with runners-up spots in Germany and Croatia before finally producing the goods at a major as he went all the way at the US Open, defeating Casper Ruud in four sets in the final.
His win at Flushing Meadows also earned him the No 1 ranking and many believe he will win several Grand Slams and possibly end up as one of the all-time greats.
Mouratoglou, who is the current coach of Simona Halep and Holger Rune and previously mentored Serena Williams, explained some of Alcaraz’s qualities.
“He combines the qualities of the three greatest players of all time,” he told Tennis Majors. “I think the one his game is closest to is Federer. Like him, he’s super aggressive and super creative, always trying to do something with the ball.
“The speed with which he is able to go from the back to the inside of the court, that’s pure Roger.
“At the same time, he has the counter-attacking qualities of Djokovic, and he can play long rallies with a lot of spin, like Nadal.
“To top it off, he serves very well for his size, and he returns very well.”
The Frenchman added that one of the 19-year-old’s strengths is “unheard of at this point”
“His game combines incredible power and an incredible touch,” Mouratoglou said.
“Normally, we have one or the other. He has both. And I think it’s unheard of at this point. In the same way that I’ve never seen a 19-year-old player so complete.”
Alcaraz, though, did lose on his return to Europe as he suffered a two-set defeat at the hands of David Goffin in the round of 32 at the Astana Open. He will return to action at the Swiss Indoors in Basel and will be the top seed for the ATP 500 event before heading off to Bercy for the Paris Masters.
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