Carlos Alcaraz revealed that Nick Kyrgios sent him a message after his US Open title prediction turned out to be correct. Kyrgios, who left the US Open after losing to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals, pinpointed Alcaraz as the favorite for the tournament title even before he was beaten.
On Sunday, Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final to become a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19. Shortly after Alcaraz’s victory, Kyrgios sent the 19-year-old a text message saying that he had told him what he was going to go through.
«Honestly, I checked the Instagram DM. I saw the message from Nick Kyrgios. I didn’t read the full message, but I did read that it said, ‘I told you so,'» Alcaraz said. When reporters told Alcaraz about Kyrgios’ prediction, he was visibly stunned, calling it «crazy» that the Aussie chose him as the favorite for the US Open title.
Additionally, Alcaraz said that he felt Kyrgios was among the top favorites for the US Open title. “For me (it is) crazy that Kyrgios says that I am the favorite or that I am going to win the tournament. I would say that he is also one of the favorites.
He has the level. I’d say it’s more serious off the track. I would say that he plays unbelievably. Everybody knows. Yes, he is also one of the favorites to win the tournament,» Alcaraz said. After Kyrgios beat Daniil Medvedev and Frances Tiafoe turned the tables on Rafael Nadal, many assumed that Kyrgios and Alcaraz would meet in the final.
Alcaraz managed to get out of his part of the draw, but Kyrgios did not after suffering a shock loss to Khachanov.
Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam tournament
Special advisor to the newspaper L’Équipe during the fortnight of the US Open, Mats Wilander tried to dissect what makes Carlos Alcaraz such a special player.
And according to the Swede, the 19-year-old Spaniard is a combination of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. “Carlos is the product of Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic). He grew up watching them on television. He takes from Rafa the passion and love for competition.
His artistic side is taken from Roger, the drops, the serve and the volley, etc. And he takes from Novak his flexibility and quality of movement from him. I’m not sure he moves better than Novak, but he is faster. Despite everything, his passion is different from Rafa’s: he fights with a smile.
We have never seen that! Perhaps with Gustavo Kuerten, but differently… Try more redemptions than any great player has ever tried. In truth, it is a product of a sport that belongs to Roger, Rafa and Novak. I thought Stefanos Tsitsipas could be that product. Carlos Alcaraz took it even further.»