Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick rated Carlos Alcaraz better than tennis legends Federer and Rafael Nadal at the age of 19. His comments came after the teenager’s win over Karen Khachanov in the ongoing 2023 Madrid Open quarterfinals 6-4, 7-5. This match was also his last one as a teenager as he will turn 20 on May 5.
Speaking to Tennis Channel, Roddick revealed why thinks Carlos Alcaraz is better than Federer and Nadal is due to his being a complete player at the age of 19. He pointed out that Federer won his first Grand Slam when he was 21 and although Nadal won his first at the age of 17, he wasn’t a great force on all the courts which he became later.
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“I’m not a victim of hyperbole, so I’m not saying this just because he won a match today, but I think he’s the most complete 19-year-old male tennis player that I’ve ever seen. Roger didn’t win his first Major until he was 21, Rafa won at 17 but he wasn’t great on all surfaces until he was maybe 20-21-22,” Roddick said.
Roddick believes that Alcaraz currently has no weaknesses which is quite unbelievable.
“Alcaraz really has no weaknesses, the backhand used to misfire a little bit more than it does now, he’s able to take it line, he used to kind of love the crosscourt a little bit more. But man, most of us mere mortals, if we’re missing some shots to get down in a game, it’s really hard for us to just step up, play the right shot, pull the trigger, and not think about the consequences. He’s a master at that, even at 19. It’s unbelievable to see,” Roddick added. Also Read: Carlos Alcaraz Vs Karen Khachanov Match Prediction, Head-To-Head, Preview, And Live Stream | Madrid Open
Carlos Alcaraz will face Borna Coric in Madrid Open 2023 semi-final
Alcaraz will lock horns with 2022 Cincinnati Masters winner Borna Coric in the semi-final on Friday, May 5. They will be meeting for the first time.
Coric knocked out the likes of Hugo Gaston, Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and Daniel Altmaier to reach the penultimate stage.
Notably, if Alcaraz, who has already won three titles this season, in Buenos Aires, Indian Wells, and Barcelona, defends his title in Madrid, then he will replace Serbia’s Novak Djokovic as the World No.1.
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