Novak Djokovic was part of the European team at the fifth Laver Cup last weekend in London. Novak won two games on Saturday before losing one of the crucial encounters to Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day. Asked about Carlos Alcaraz, Novak congratulated the US Open winner and the world’s youngest number one.
1 in ATP history. Djokovic mentioned Alcaraz’s achievements, calling them fantastic and calling the 19-year-old a great addition to our sport. Carlos has become the most successful teenager since Rafael Nadal, already winning a Major title and two Masters 1000 titles.
The young gun has achieved notable results in 2021 and has reached the top 30 threshold at 18 years old. He suffered a narrow loss at the Australian Open to Matteo Berrettini in early 2022 before conquering the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the young ATP. 500 Champion since 2009.
Carlos lost the Indian Wells semi-final to Rafa after a fantastic battle that lasted over three hours. A teenager bounced back in Miami and lifted the trophy to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion! The young Spaniard lifted the trophy in Barcelona at the end of April for 500 points on his clock and a place in the top 10.
Not stopping there, Alcaraz beat Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to their second Masters 1000 title in a month and a half in Madrid.
Novak Djokovic has said nice words about Carlos Alcaraz in London.
Carlos became the ATP Race leader and added more points with the quarter-final at Roland Garros.
Alcaraz lost two ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay and went to New York as one of the favorites. Carlos was world number one. 4 ahead of the US Open and had the chance to become the world’s youngest number one. 1 in ATP history with a good result.
Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev fell in the fourth round and left the door wide open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud. The mentioned players met in the final, fighting for the first major title and the ATP throne. Carlos scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes for a career-best result and a place in history.
At 19 years and four months, Alcaraz became the first teenager on the ATP throne. Carlos and Novak could meet in Nur-Sultan next week, with both entering the ATP 500 event. “Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open in incredible fashion.
He became world number one. 1 at such a young age, which is pretty impressive. Carlos is a great addition to our sport” Novak Djokovic said.