Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz has insisted that it makes no sense for him to be compared to the Big Three of tennis despite his meteoric rise in the sport this year.
Last week the 19-year-old became the youngest world No.1 in ATP history after winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. Alcaraz is currently enjoying his breakthrough season where he has set a series of milestones, including winning two Masters 1000 events and securing back-to-back wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same tournament. He currently has a win-loss record of 52-10 and has won at least one set in every match he has played.
Inevitably Alcaraz is being named by some pundits as the successor to the Big Three in the future. A trio featuring Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer who have won 63 Grand Slam titles between them. Some have even gone as far as comparing the Spaniard’s rise in tennis to that of the Big Three. Although Alcaraz argues that this should not be the case.
“It’s not a pressure, I enjoy playing tennis and when I do it is when the results come. Many times I smile in tense moments in matches. Being on the court makes me enjoy myself,” Alcaraz said.
“I don’t know why I’m getting compared to the Big Three. They have been there (on the Tour) for 20 years, they have won everything and I am starting. It does not make sense, I want to continue my way.’
“Comparing myself with the Big Three is that I have to improve day by day. They have been getting better day by day. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Shortly after his US Open triumph, Alcaraz returned to competitive tennis at the Davis Cup where he experienced mixed results. He lost to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in what was his first match played as world No.1. A couple of days later he returned to winning ways by defeating Kwon Soon-woo to seal Spain’s place in November’s finals.
Alcaraz downplays comparison to Federer, Nadal