Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas praise Carlos Alcaraz in Rome: ‘He is the theme of sport’ | ATP Tour

Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas Come in International BNL of Italy after the semi-final defeats in Madrid, but both feel good in their games in Rome. Both also fell victim to the red-hot Carlos Alcaraz in recent weeks, Djokovic in Madrid and Tsitsipas in Miami and Barcelona.

Tennis is being talked about with the young Spaniard after his second victory at the ATP Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Open On Sunday, world No. 1 and No. 5 were asked about their prospects for its rapid rise during their press conferences on Monday. Alcaraz is up to 6th place on the Pepperstone ATP rankings, just behind Tsitsipas.

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“He is definitely special,” Djokovic said, answering his journalist’s first question. “Already as a teenager he broke a lot of records, he won two Masters tournaments this year, several 500. So far he is the best player in the world, no doubt, this year with the results he has done.”

Tsitsipas made similar comments, revealing that he is emulating a Spanish star who is almost four and a half years younger than him.

“His tennis is very impressive,” the 23-year-old said. “I think he puts a lot of energy into every shot. He’s fast. He has a good reaction time. He reads the game well. It inspires me a lot. I really want to be like him. I look up to him.

“I know he’s at a young, early stage in his career. I see him getting big in a very short time. I’d really like to get to the level he’s at right now. I think he’s one of the best players in the world, to be honest. He’s that proved consistent results, advancing in the biggest tournaments. You can’t take any of that away. “

Both Djokovic and Tsitsipas also commented on Alcaraz’s fearless mentality as he climbs to the top of the game.

“The way he coped with the pressure … In our match a few days ago, how calm he was until [end] was impressive “, said Djokovic, who called the Spaniard” one of the main favorites ” Roland Garros. “He deserved to win the trophy. Everything about his game is really impressive. He is a really complete player, he can play equally well both in attack and defense. He is talked about in sports.”

Tsitsipas added: “The game is very fresh and hungry, like there’s nothing to lose. It kind of reminds me of my early days when I was introduced to the ATP Tour. I didn’t really know what to expect along the way. I was just carefree playing, completely free-spirited .Nice to see that.

“But with him in most draws, the lineup gets even harder. I’m definitely going to have to work harder to get the results I ever wanted.”

Djokovic will also work hard to make sure he can tie his ATP Head2Head against Alcaraz in their next match. After two strong weeks, consecutive placement in the finals of Belgrade and the semifinals in Madrid, the Serb is approaching top form because he is looking for his sixth title in Rome.

“I think it’s closer [my] the desired level every week, ”he explained.“ Madrid, even though I lost in the semifinals, I still think I played really good tennis. He felt 100 percent physically, even after nearly three and a half hours of fighting Alcaraz. The next day I recovered well, ready to go. This is a positive and encouraging factor before Rome and also, of course, a big goal, and that is Paris.

“I think I’m in the right direction. I know I can always play better, and I know I’m very self-critical on the court. At the same time, realistically, I think tennis, the quality of tennis, the level of tennis, is really high now. I hope I can keep that level this week and build, get deep into this tournament, I hope – that’s the goal – and come to Paris well prepared. “

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