The new hero in tennis

The “big three” are losing their sway. Roger Federer retired in 2022; Djokovic withdrew due to injury; and Rafael Nadal lost to eventual winner Zverev. Alcaraz appears to be the most qualified candidate to fill the enormous void that has been created in the middle of the sport.

As he achieved his third Grand Slam, he emulated his childhood idol Rafael Nadal, who won 14 French Open titles during his remarkable career and was known as the “King of Clay.” Even if he has to win 13 more titles to tie Rafael Nadal, the young player still has time and skill on his side.

With 24, Djokovic is the man with the most Grand Slam singles victories in men’s tennis history. Nadal is second with 22, and Federer is two back with 20. But whereas Federer won his first major in 2003 at Wimbledon, he was twenty years old when Djokovic won at the Australian Open in 2008. Since winning his first at the US Open at the age of 19, Alcaraz has had the entire globe at his disposal.

Even though the Spaniard is only eight strokes away from surpassing Djokovic’s haul, he is still full of ambition to do it.

Alcaraz responded, “I hope so,” when asked if he will ever surpass Djokovic’s record total.

“A few days ago, I spoke with Juan Carlos Ferrero, the coach. He told me before the final that, “Given everything you have been through and the difficulty of winning a Grand Slam—and Djokovic has 24—I’m going to fight for a third Grand Slam title.” Thus, it is unbelievable.

“I’m unable to consider it at this time. All I want to do is keep going and wait to see how many more I take until my career comes to an end. “Hopefully I’ll reach the 24, but right now I’m going to enjoy my third one, and let’s see in the future.”

For Alcaraz, what comes next?

After defeating the newly-installed No. 1 Sinner in the semifinal, Alcaraz will be aiming to recapture the top spot, and his desire to do so is undeniable. He last held that position in 2022. With a perfect record in Grand Slam finals, we can only speculate about what Alcaraz can accomplish next. The young man will embrace whatever the future holds with his contagious dazzling smile that never fails to inspire others.

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