Tennis fans have shared their opinion regarding Carlos Alcaraz’s admission of Novak Djokovic’s absence from the US Open.
In an interview with The New York Times after his US Open victory, Carlos Alcaraz admitted Novak Djokovic’s absence from Flushing Meadows may be boosting his chances of winning his first Grand Slam title. The young Spaniard, however, also argued that his personal efforts deserve recognition.
“Listen, I don’t want to take the credit away, but it’s true that Rafa, Djokovic, Federer, they were in a period where they were all playing. I was lucky or whatever you want to call it Djokovic can’t play,” he said.
Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open without having to face the ‘Big-3’ as Novak Djokovic was banned from entering the United States due to his unvaccinated status. Rafael Nadal was knocked out by Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round and Roger Federer hasn’t played competitive tennis since Wimbledon last year.
Novak Djokovic fans, who were already revolting against the Serbian’s unjustified ban from the United States, were apparently put at ease after the teenager’s admission.
A fan appreciated the 19-year-old’s maturity and said Alcaraz were still the winners and deserved the utmost respect.
“This statement shows a maturity beyond his years. He was still the winner and deserves a lot of respect, on and off the pitch,” the fan said.
Another fan admired that Alcaraz was candid with his statement but recalled how the Serbian’s fans were treated unfairly when they expressed the same sentiment. The individual further claimed that 2023 will be a real test for the US Open champion as Djokovic will be allowed to play in all Grand Slam tournaments.
However, many tennis fans were also split on whether the former world No.1’s absence had any weight, with one fan mocking the teenager for ignoring Rafael Nadal.
Here are some more fan reactions:
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic faced each other once on tour
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic have locked horns once on the ATP Tour. The current world No. 1 faced the former world No. 1 in May this year at the Masters 1000 in Madrid. Incidentally, local favorite Alcaraz emerged victorious in their only meeting, prevailing 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) in the semi-final.
The teenager achieved the result straight after defeating his older compatriot Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, becoming the only person to beat the duo back-to-back in the same event on clay.
The young Spaniard went on to claim his second Masters 1000 title at the tournament by outclassing defending champion Alexander Zverev in straight sets.
This News is Published from Google Alert – Roger Federer.