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"So exciting to see another Spanish teenager work his way, takes me back to when Rafa started his journey" - Tennis players react to Carlos Alcaraz beating Novak Djokovic in Madrid

Fellow tennis players congratulated Carlos Alcaraz after his victory over Novak Djokovic
Fellow tennis players congratulated Carlos Alcaraz after his victory over Novak Djokovic

Carlos Alcaraz announced his arrival with a statement of enormous proportions, becoming the first player to beat both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same clay tournament.

A day after prevailing over Nadal in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Madrid Open in a tense three-setter, the teenager downed Djokovic in the semifinals. In a match that was extremely closely contested, Alcaraz came back from a set down to send the World No. 1 home with a 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) scoreline.

The Spaniard was already being hailed as the next big thing in men's tennis, and these recent victories have only served to amplify that sentiment. Tennis fans on social media did not shy away from predicting that the World No. 9 will go on to emulate the Big 3 at this rate, an opinion that was surprisingly common among professionals players as well.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters took to Twitter to congratulate Alcaraz on his triumph, noting that his ascendancy reminded her of when the indomitable Nadal burst onto the scene as a teenager back in 2005.

"So exciting to see another Spanish teenager work his way up in our sport. Takes me back to 04/05 when Rafa started his journey. So happy for Juan Carlos Ferrer. Congrats Carlos Alcaraz," Clijsters tweeted.
So exciting to see another Spanish teenager work his way up in our sport. Takes me back to 04/05 when Rafa started his journey . So happy for @juankiferri , congrats @alcarazcarlos03 !

Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski agreed with Clijsters, remarking that tennis would be in good hands even after the retirement of the Big 3 thanks to the arrival of players like the Spanish teenager.

"Carlos Alcaraz just beat Nadal and Djokovic back to back. We talk about tennis not being the same when the big 3 are no more. Another superstar always arrives. Real Deal. Men's tennis is a good place," Rusedski tweeted.
.@alcarazcarlos03 just beat Nadal and Djokovic back to back. We talk about tennis not being the same when the big 3 are no more. Another superstar always arrives. Real Deal. Men's tennis is a good place.

Fellow professionals Sebastian Korda and Diego Schwartzman also took to Twitter to congratulate the Spaniard. Schwartzman fell to the World No. 9 in the final of the Rio Open earlier this year, while Korda was the last player to beat Alcaraz, winning in three sets at the Monte-Carlo Masters last month.

Schwartzman was last for words, putting up a series of emojis to indicate that it was mind-blowing to watch the Spaniard run rings around the World No. 1. The American shared the sentiment, remarking that it was so much fun to watch him play at such a high level.

"How much fun is it watching Carlos Alcaraz play! Vamos Charlie!!" Korda tweeted.
How much fun is it watching @alcarazcarlos03 play! Vamos Charlie!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
Charlyyy πŸ€―πŸ€―πŸ€―πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Former World No. 27 Laura Robson was particularly impressed by the quality of Alcaraz's drop shots, a shot so effective these days that it is being talked about as his specialty weapon even among elite players.

"I want to believe in anything the way Alcaraz believes in his drop shot," Robson tweeted.
I want to believe in anything the way Alcaraz believes in his drop shot

Former World No. 1s Andy Roddick and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and former player/renowned tennis coach Brad Gilbert agreed that Alcaraz is destined to be a future World No. 1 and multiple Slam winner.

"The way he is playing would not surprise me now to see him finish in top 3 and could even finish No. 1 on the year," Gilbert tweeted.
the way he is playing would not surprise me now to see him finish in top 3 and could even finish one ☝️ on the year twitter.com/javilsantos/st…
atm i can’t even think πŸ€” because it is happening so fast πŸ’¨ from big 3, to the kid escape from Alcaraz what his over under total 🟰 will be on slams, but going πŸ†™ by the minute fellas πŸŽΎπŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ŠπŸ˜Ž twitter.com/kyevgeni/statu…
"100% clay his favorite surface," Kafelnikov wrote. "I'd say that he will win RG titles more then all other three [Grand Slams] combined."
@bgtennisnation 100% clay his favorite surface
@KYevgeni @bgtennisnation Ok I thought you meant he was gonna win more RG than the Big 3 combined. I was gonna argue that one a bit :)

Carlos Alcaraz will take on Alexander Zverev in the final of the 2022 Madrid Open

Carlos Alcaraz takes on Alexander Zverev in the final of the 2022 Madrid Open
Carlos Alcaraz takes on Alexander Zverev in the final of the 2022 Madrid Open

Following his victory over Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz will take on defending champion Alexander Zverev in the final of the 2022 Madrid Masters. The German pulled off a commanding victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals.

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ @AlexZverev defeats Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to reach his third #MMOPEN final.The defending champion will face a red-hot Alcaraz for the title. Who gets the πŸ†? https://t.co/xJ7G7jen9y

Zverev currently leads the head-to-head against the World No. 9 2-0, but both encounters came on hardcourt. The World No. 3 is looking to win his first title of the year, while Alcaraz is on the hunt for his fourth trophy this season and second at a Masters 1000 event.

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