Novak Djokovic rooting for Carlos Alcaraz as star’s ‘huge’ Madrid Open weapon highlighted

Novak Djokovic rooting for Carlos Alcaraz as star’s ‘huge’ Madrid Open weapon highlighted

Alcaraz became the first man in history to beat Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back on the clay by defeating them en route to his maiden final in Madrid. He now faces defending champion Zverev but has a fighting chance according to his latest victim, as the world No 1 explained how Alcaraz had a secret weapon in his locker.

Explaining how the seventh seed was able to use Madrid’s unique conditions to his advantage while most players struggled in the altitude, the three-time former champion said: “His kick in altitude here is huge, and it was just difficult to deal with his ball, and I wasn’t feeling my return from that side.”

Thanks to the altitude, the ball bounces even higher on Alcaraz’s kick serve at the Caja Magica, something that could be crucial against 6’6 Zverev, who is five inches taller than the home favourite. Djokovic also thought Alcaraz had a strong mentality, something else that will be important in his second Masters 1000 final.

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Published at Sun, 08 May 2022 14:40:30 +0000