Djokovic had nothing but words of praise for Alcaraz after their Cincinnati final.
Carlos Alcaraz says it is “great” to hear that he reminds Novak Djokovic of Rafael Nadal. On Sunday, Alcaraz and Djokovic delivered an absolutely epic and thrilling Cincinnati Masters final. In three hours and 49 minutes – the longest-ever ATP final – Djokovic outlasted Alcaraz 5-7 7-6 (7) 7-6 (4).
After the final, Djokovic was full of praise for Alcaraz and even said the 20-year-old Spaniard reminds him of his biggest rival Nadal.“Today was really, really difficult playing against Novak. He always put almost five, six, seven balls in [the court] every point.
So fighting and running from one corner to other one every point is really tough to deal with almost the whole match. I tried to stay there, to stay good physically, but it was tough. As I said, I left everything on court. For me, obviously it’s great that he knows that every time he’s going to play against me, reminds him playing against Rafa or against the best ones because that means we are in a good path,” Alcaraz said.
Alcaraz reminds Djokovic of Nadal
In 2012, Djokovic needed five hours and 53 minutes to beat Nadal in the Australian Open. In his Cincinnati post-final press conference, Djokovic said this match reminded him of the battle he had against Nadal 11 years earlier.
“I don’t think I’ve played too many matches like this in my life. Maybe I can compare it to the final against Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open. Obviously, three sets today, but almost four hours. You just have to put your hats down to a guy like that.
He plays so maturely, handles the pressure so well for a 20-year-old. We cannot forget how young he is. That’s something that is so impressive about him,” Djokovic said.After losing a five-set Wimbledon final to Alcaraz, Djokovic got a bit of a revenge in Cincinnati.