Federer has retired, the story of Nadal and Djokovic is in its final stage. Asked about the possibilities of Rune, Aliassime, Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish phenomenon tried to give a small report during a very long interview with Marca.
He talked about how the situation with the different Zverev, Medvedev and Rublev was not that different (or too different). “We will see if the new recruits do better and if they get better results. If we want or can analyze the situation, Carlos [Alcaraz] I think it will mark an era.
I also say with complete and utmost humility that when Zverev, Medvedev and the others arrived, Djokovic, Federer and I were still at a very high level. We always feed off of success and it was always harder for others to win.
Obviously, the new generation has more opportunities, because Federer retired, Djokovic and I played less and less tournaments. In short, the new guys on the circuit are not only incredibly talented, but lucky enough to see victory in a way that the generation immediately before them couldn’t.
And that helps a lot, it helps a lot and it definitely stimulates you and pushes you to be better and better,» said the 22-time Grand Slam champion. Nadal, to back up his thesis, cited a «sacred monster» like David Ferrer as an example , who in turn had the misfortune of living with the Fab 4 in the prime of his career.
“He, for example, was an incredible player, but he would trip us over and over again in the semi-finals or finals and end up winning less than he probably deserved. Ferrer has been one of the most consistent and constant players of our generation and yet, he has never won a Slam or a major match,» he explained.
He commented on Alcaraz, who has just won the first Slam of his career and is at the top of the ranking. «Normally, what makes a player so special is his ability to be strong, nothing more,» he says with a laugh.
Alcaraz on his most precious moments of the year
Carlos Alcaraz recently referred to his wonderful 2022 season and revealed his goals for 2023. “It has been a dream season for me. So many titles, great titles. The first is when I won Miami.
When I won Barcelona. US Open. That is sure. I would say when I realized that I am going to finish as number 1, and when I beat Madrid too, ”he said. «I want more. To win my second Grand Slam, I would say that’s the goal for the new year. Wimbledon would be fine for me. Yes!» He noticed.