Nostalgia can strike even during some of the most tense moments in sports. Athletes can reminisce or see their old arch-rivals in their current opponents. Something similar happened to Djokovic while competing against the young tennis protege Carlos Alcaraz at the Cincinnati Open. Sources suggest that Djokovic has said that the match with Alcaraz reminded him of Rafael Nadal and the on-court rivalry they shared.
Cincinnati Open’s finals were something to just marvel at. Fans and critics tuned in flocks to see legendary Novak Djokovic take on the young tennis wiz Carlos Alcaraz. The match went for 3 hours and 49 minutes, and Djokovic arose triumphantly after a grueling match. During the tough fight, Novak Djokovic noticed similarities with countless matches that he played against Rafael Nadal.
Later on, in a candid interview, Djokovic was seen praising his opponent highly. He drew parallels between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. The ferocity with which Alcaraz approaches a match is quite reminiscent of Nadal’s signature. This is something that Novak Djokovic noticed. The 23-time Grand Slam champion agreed that the feeling flowing through him during the match was a mixture of nostalgia and surprise.
According to Tennis TV, Djokovic candidly shared, “The feeling that I have on the court reminds me a little bit when I was facing Nadal when we were at our prime!”Novak has already praised the young tennis protege Carlos Alcarz highly. According to Novak, Carlos will definitely bring a new chapter in the history of tennis.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Novak has great things to talk about when it comes to Alcaraz and his performance. Not only Novak, other tennis players, fans, and critics have lauded Carlos as a potentially huge name in the tennis world who is destined to do great things. Keep following our page for more sports-related content.