Not since 2013 has Djokovic been beaten at Wimbledon when he falls Andy Murray in straight sets.
The “Big Four” have been the undisputed heavyweights of men’s tennis for two decades.
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It has been questioned whether international tennis will ever see a game as big as the Big Four.
But at just 20 years old, Alcaraz is ready to rock the record books.
The recent success is particularly alarming given Alcaraz’s lack on grass, how good he is on clay courts, and what’s to come.
In one of the most anticipated matches in recent years, the 36-year-old Serbian was bored at Wimbledon by. Alcaraz.
“What we saw here is, it shows that he can play anywhere,” Alicia Molik said Stan Sport Profile Grand Slam Every Day.
“When he was so favored on clay, on such a hard court, we knew how he destroyed the place – I mean, how many matches leading up to Wimbledon this year and coming out with a title? we’re just getting a taste of what’s to come.
“When we think that we have seen the best in Roger and Rafa and Novak, when we think that maybe in our lifetime we will not be able to witness the greatest greatness, I think that Carlos can do it. We are in London, so maybe, I dare say, it is a changing of the guard.
“If we look at even Novak Djokovic’s tears at the end of the match, maybe it was a sign that maybe he feels more vulnerable than he has been in years past.”
Djokovic breaks down in tears after the match
Molik said that it is going well for the Italian players Jannik Sinner (21), Andrey Rublev (25), and Holger Rune (20) to go with Djokovic.
“It’s a definite changing of the guard,” Molik said.
“But I think that the success of Carlos Alcaraz will give other guys in the locker room – young guys, like Sinner, like Rublev, like Rune – the belief that they can be on this stage again, which will bring a big risk to someone like Djokovic for other positions in the future. The sky is the limit.”
Djokovic won his first Grand Slam in 2008 at the Australian Open when he was just 20 years old, so it’s easy to see why he and Alcaraz are being compared.
Even Djokovic, now 36, can see similarities between himself and other men’s tennis stars.
“I think people have been talking in the last 12 months or so about the (Alcaraz) match made by Roger, Rafa, and me,” Djokovic said.
Alcaraz jokes with Djokovic in a winning voice
“I would agree with that. I think he is the best in the world.
“He has such mental toughness and real maturity for a 20-year-old. It’s very impressive.
“He has this Spanish bull spirit of competition and fighting spirit and the incredible defense that we have seen with Rafa over the years.
“I think he’s got good sliding hands that have a lot in common with my backhand.
“The two-handedness, the defense, the ability to switch. I think those have been my strengths over the years. He’s got them, too.
“I’ve never played a player like him, to be honest. Roger and Rafa have their obvious strengths and weaknesses. Carlos is a complete player. Amazing versatility which I think is the key to a long life and a good career. at all levels.”
With the victory, Alcaraz became the first man not named Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, or Murray since 2002 to win the men’s title at Wimbledon.
Alcaraz was born in 2003 when the first ‘Big Four’ player title was won at Wimbledon.
Alcaraz is also the third winner at Wimbledon after Boris Becker (17) and Wilfred Baddeley (19), the latter not in the Open Era.
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