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Carlos Alcaraz Downplays Comparisons To Big Three, Pays Tribute To ‘Elegant’ Federer




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Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz has insisted that it makes no sense for him to be compared to the Big Three of tennis despite his meteoric rise in the sport this year. 


Last week the 19-year-old became the youngest world No.1 in ATP history after winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. Alcaraz is currently enjoying his breakthrough season where he has set a series of milestones, including winning two Masters 1000 events and securing back-to-back wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same tournament. He currently has a win-loss record of 52-10 and has won at least one set in every match he has played. 

Inevitably Alcaraz is being named by some pundits as the successor to the Big Three in the future. A trio featuring Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer who have won 63 Grand Slam titles between them. Some have even gone as far as comparing the Spaniard’s rise in tennis to that of the Big Three. Although Alcaraz argues that this should not be the case. 

“It’s not a pressure, I enjoy playing tennis and when I do it is when the results come. Many times I smile in tense moments in matches. Being on the court makes me enjoy myself,” Alcaraz told reporters during a trip to BMW Madrid on Monday.
“I don’t know why I’m getting compared to the Big Three. They have been there (on the Tour) for 20 years, they have won everything and I am starting. It does not make sense, I want to continue my way.’
“Comparing myself with the Big Three is that I have to improve day by day. They have been getting better day by day. That’s what I’m looking for.”

Shortly after his US Open triumph, Alcaraz returned to competitive tennis at the Davis Cup where he experienced mixed results. He lost to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in what was his first match played as world No.1. A couple of days later he returned to winning ways by defeating Kwon Soon-woo to seal Spain’s place in November’s finals. 

Concerning his rapid rise in the sport, the youngster expects his peers to be more motivated than ever to beat him on the Tour. 

“I notice more confidence in myself, more sure in my shots,” Alcaraz replied when asked when has changed with him becoming world No.1. “My rivals, before they saw me as the young man who shot up and they felt the pressure of not wanting to lose and they played a little worse. Now they see me as a player who is there (at the top). They come in to play without pressure. I am No.1 and it motivates them because they have nothing to lose”.

Unlike many top names in the men’s game, Alcaraz will not be featuring in the upcoming Laver Cup to rest after what has been a frantic past few weeks on the Tour. The three-day event marks the end of an era with Federer confirming he will be playing the final match of his record-breaking career before retiring. 

“He’s pure talent, class and elegant. He’s lasted so long because of how he plays,” Alcaraz said of the Swiss maestro. 
“He hasn’t retired in any match and I’ve already retired in one. It’s a gift they’ve brought us all sports fans, not just tennis. I’m proud to have watched him throughout my childhood. I wish I could last as long as he has and earn a quarter of what he has earned. I can only thank him for what he has given to tennis. I’ve always wanted to face him, it won’t be possible, but it’s better than leaving with a defeat.”

Alcaraz is set to play his next tournament at the Astana Open which will take place during the first week of October. He is then scheduled to play events in Basel, Paris, the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals. 


Iga Swiatek Demands Talks With ITF And WTA After Withdrawing From Billie Jean King Cup

Iga Swiatek is not happy with the ITF and WTA after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.




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The world number one has announced that she will not compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November after criticising tennis’ governing bodies for not looking after player welfare.


The event is set to take place the week after the WTA Finals in Glasgow which causes a huge problem and obstacle for many players.

This is definitely the case for Swiatek who has qualified for the WTA Finals which takes place in Texas on the 31st of October.

A huge dilemma which now means Swiatek will not compete for her country at the Billie Jean King Cup.

Speaking on Instagram the Pole criticised the decision from the ITF and WTA and wants to speak to them about player welfare to prevent future decisions from happening, “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in her Instagram story.

“And it makes me sad. I’m very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury.

“I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our fans.”

It’s clear Swiatek wants change in terms of player welfare and communication between governing bodies on how to facilitate the schedule.

However Swiatek now turns her attention to preparing for the WTA Finals and first up for the Pole is Ostrava this week.

In her opening match Swiatek will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Shuai Zhang.

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Cameron Norrie Withdraws From Tokyo After COVID Positive Test

Cameron Norrie will miss the rest of the Asian swing due to COVID.




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After withdrawing from his quarter-final in Seoul, Cameron Norrie has now withdrawn from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo.


The Brit’s absence from the latter stages of the ATP 250 event in South Korea, raised eyebrows with Norrie suffering from illness.

However Norrie then withdraw from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo where he was due to play Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Now his absence has been explained as Norrie confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement originally posted on Instagram, Norrie explained he had no symptoms but has to quarantine in his hotel room in Seoul, “Unfortunately I had a positive COVID test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches,” Norrie said.

“I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%. It’s been a complicated situation and I appreciate the Republic of Korea trying their best to be amicable in a very tough situation.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there. Looking forward to getting back to Europe for the indoors. See you guys soon!”

This is the second time Norrie has tested positive for COVID with the first time being before the start of the season.

Norrie’s scheduled next tournament will be in Stockholm which will take place on the 17th of October.

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Carlos Alcaraz Faces Rune Test In Astana

Carlos Alcaraz leads a stacked field in Astana next week.




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Carlos Alcaraz returns to the ATP tour next week in Astana next week where he faces Danish talent Holger Rune.


The world number one plays his first ATP tournament since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in history.

Having qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, Alcaraz will now look to build momentum over the coming weeks for the event in Turin.

First up for Alcaraz is the ATP 500 event in Astana next week where the Spaniard faces a tough opening round in the form of Danish talent Holger Rune.

The Dane reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros earlier this year but had struggled for form since then.

However Rune has reached the semi-finals in Sofia this week and is hitting form at the right time so this will be a big test for Alcaraz.

Should Alcaraz get through that test than a potential second round meeting with Stan Wawrinka could be on the cards with the Swiss wildcard facing Adrian Mannarino in his opening match.

Andrey Rublev is the player that could face Alcaraz in the last eight with the eighth seed facing a qualifier in his opening round match.

Rublev is one of a number of players who are chasing the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Also in the top half of the draw is Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz with Tsitsipas facing Mikhail Kukushkin.

While Hurkacz faces Francisco Cerundolo and a potential second round match against home favourite Alexander Bublik could await in round two.

In the bottom half of the draw, Novak Djokovic will continue his search for a surge up the rankings against Cristian Garin.

Djokovic’s potential quarter-final is Jannik Sinner who begins against tricky serve and volleyer Oscar Otte.

Daniil Medvedev is also taking part in a stacked field in Astana as he faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening round match.

In the bottom quarter there is also an intriguing opening round match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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