Novak Djokovic: "Carlos Alcaraz is special"

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Novak Djokovic: "Carlos Alcaraz is special"

The first H2H match between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz proved to be up to expectations. Both played an excellent match and gave a great show. The young Spanish talent took his first victory against the world number one after a battle that lasted almost four hours.

Djokovic won the first set at the tie-break by relying on all his experience. Alcaraz, however, reacted in the second set and found the decisive break in the most important moment. In the last part of the game, Djokovic sent a comfortable straight 4-4 into the net and missed the chance to go up to 0-40.

The 19-year-old from Murcia was not afraid to dare in the final tie-break and finished with a fantastic forehand. The Spaniard finally lifted his second Masters 1000 trophy in his career by clearly beating Alexander Zverev in the final act of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Novak Djokovic crowns Carlos Alcaraz

The Serbian champion, unlike Alcaraz, will be involved this week at the Italian Open and will face Aslan Karatsev on his debut. At the press conference, Djokovic focused on Alcaraz's talent.

Alcaraz said: "Carlos like the Big 3? I usually don't like comparisons. I think everyone has the characteristics of him and is special. He is certainly a special player. He has already broken many records despite his age, winning two Masters 1000 events and a couple of 500s this year.

Right now he is the best player in the world, without a doubt, considering his achievements. The way he handled the pressure during our match, where he kept his cool until the end, was impressive. He deserved to win the trophy.

Everything in his game is truly impressive. He is a very complete player, he can play equally well both in attack and in defense. I think it's great for the tennis world to have such a young player who bravely takes on the best players in the world and wins big trophies, while at the same time being humble and kind off the court.

I wish him the best. I'm sure there will be many interesting encounters with him on all surfaces. With the other players and with me, I hope. He has a lot of energy on the pitch, which is nice to see. That's why people like it, they follow it closely.

Obviously, not playing here, he wanted to take some time to recover after a busy couple of months, which I think was a good decision on his part. At Roland Garros he will certainly be one of the favorites. For all that he has won in recent weeks, he deserves to be considered one of the favorites in Paris."