Men’s tennis has rarely had an epoch with few figures. For those of us that have enjoyed the last couple of decades, we have seen the Holy Trinity of perhaps the three best best tennis players of all-time as contemporaries.
Other excellent tennis platers have come and go -and, for example, Daniil Medvedev (RUS), 26, has the number one at some point, but it has been unclear who can take the baton in the future from them, or join that group of the very elite in men’s tennis…
We might now have the answer in Carlos Alcaraz (ESP). We have reported. on the 19 year-old as a future star since last year and now he proved he is the real deal. After beating Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Novak Djokovic (SRB) back-to-back at the Madrid Open -which they have won eight times between them- it should not be a surprise if he wins Roland Garros this year and at some point takes the number one spot.
After those wins, Alcaraz beat Alexander Zverev (DEU) with a clear 6-3 and 6-1 to win the tournament title. Zverev, 25, let’s remember, was one of the figures during the pandemic when the Holy Trinity was mostly absent and came back – he made it to the US Open Final, won the Olympic gold, and won the 2021 ATP Finals.
He, along Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRC), were probably the best candidates of taking the future in men’s tennis. Now it looks like Alcaraz could be the real deal in the future of men’s tennis.
Alcaraz was the world’s #32 player at the end of last year and has jumped now to #6, with two Masters 1000 wins -he also won Miami earlier this year. At this point in their lives, Nadal had a breakthrough year, winning four Masters 1000 tournaments and Roland Garros, and jumped from 51st to 2nd in the World Ranking. Djokovic would need one more year to win a Masters 1000, and Federer two more.
Some sportspeople have early peaks and eventually do not live up to the hype. In fact, several end up being eaten by the hype and do not even become the best of their generation. That is unlikely to happen to Alcaraz. He is mature, and has the finesse in his game that sets him apart from the rest. His mentality is there, and the results are there. With ten wins in a row, do not be surprised if we report on his maiden Grand Slam win next month.