Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Carlos Alcaraz has separated himself from the chasing pack and is performing on the similar degree as 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, stated Alexander Zverev after his US Open quarter-final defeat to the Spaniard.

Zverev was as soon as seen as the very best wager to interrupt the “Large Three’s” stranglehold on males’s tennis, however the 26-year-old German has didn’t kick on and remains to be in search of a primary Grand Slam title.

With Roger Federer now retired and Rafael Nadal prone to finish his profession after subsequent season, Alcaraz has joined Djokovic on the prime of the lads’s sport, and Zverev is probably greatest positioned to judge the facility shift having misplaced to each not too long ago.

“I performed Novak in Cincinnati (final month), I performed Carlos right here. They’re very comparable from the extent of the sport,” Zverev advised reporters after defending champion Alcaraz outclassed him 6-3 6-2 6-4.

“There are some issues Novak does higher; there are some issues Carlos does higher. I feel they’re at a degree of their very own in the mean time.

“The opposite guys have gotten to catch up. It is so simple as that.”

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Highlights of Carlos Alcaraz in opposition to Alexander Zverev within the quarter-finals of the US Open

At 36, Djokovic is enjoying a few of his greatest tennis and is chasing a twenty fourth Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court docket’s all-time singles file.

The duo have dominated the tour this season with the Serb successful the Australian and French Opens whereas Alcaraz, 20, upstaged him at Wimbledon for his second Grand Slam crown.

Zverev, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros this yr, was stricken by an ankle harm final season however stated a hamstring challenge put paid to his hopes at Flushing Meadows.

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Alcaraz and Djokovic are ‘at a degree of their very own’, says Zverev

“I could not push off on my serve anymore. My serve pace was down loads in comparison with different days,” he added.

“Towards him, I wanted a superb serving day, in any other case it will have been troublesome. My greatest weapon was taken away after the primary set.

“It is troublesome to even compete if you do not have that.”

Alcaraz will subsequent tackle 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev within the semi-finals on Friday, whereas 23-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic faces unseeded Ben Shelton, a 20-year-old American who has by no means been this far at a serious.

“I attempt to make the individuals take pleasure in watching tennis, watching the matches,” Alcaraz stated throughout his on-court interview.

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Carlos Alcaraz says he’s feeling snug enjoying on the US Open

“The final matches I performed in opposition to Daniil [Medvedev] I performed a tactical sport performed completely. I did fairly nicely, all of the issues that I needed to do in opposition to him, so I feel my sport fits fairly nicely in opposition to that sort of opponent, you realize, like Daniil.

“So, I’ll attempt to do the identical issues that I did, for instance, in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon, and hopefully to get the win and play the identical degree that I performed in these matches.”

On a possible remaining vs Djokovic, Alcaraz added: “Nicely, clearly it is nearer than the start of the event. It is only one match from that potential remaining.

“It will be nice to play a remaining in opposition to Novak right here in New York, however each of us have a extremely powerful semi-final, so let’s examine.

“However clearly each of us are searching for that potential remaining.”

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