Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Alcaraz Attempts To Keep Lid On Great Expectations

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Carlos Alcaraz is determined to quash any suggestions that his epic Wimbledon final win over Novak Djokovic represents the dawn of a new era despite all indications that tennis has witnessed a generational shift.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old became the tournament’s youngest champion since Boris Becker in 1986.

His rollercoaster 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory prevented 36-year-old Djokovic from becoming its oldest champion.

It also thwarted Djokovic’s dream of equalling Roger Federer’s best of eight titles at the All England Club and matching Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

Alcaraz though is remaining cautious.

“I don’t feel that I have confirmed something that we all expected,” said the world number one.

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“I try to avoid what people say, what people expect because in the end it’s a pressure that I put on myself.”

When he claimed a maiden Slam at the US Open last year, Alcaraz became the youngest champion of a men’s major since his storied compatriot Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open.

He was also the youngest man to ascend to the world number one ranking.

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Alcaraz is now just the fifth man in the modern era to win multiple titles at the majors before turning 21 after Mats Wilander, Bjorn Borg, Becker and Rafael Nadal.

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