“He can be number 1 in the world,” impressed tennis legend Boris Becker with Carlos Alcaraz and his extraordinary quest for success

Carlos Alcaraz, Boris Becker
Carlos Alcaraz, Boris Becker

Carlo Alcaraz is easily one of the hottest prospects on the tennis circuit right now. The teenage sensation has been blowing everyone away with his great tennis for the last few months and people just can’t stop talking about him. Although he got off to a rocky start to his clay-court campaign this year Monte Carlo championthe 18-year-old is desperate to hit back at Barcelona.

His ability to keep his cool in tight situations proves Alcaraz has matured beyond his age and his technique proves he will only get better with more games. He is definitely someone for the future, but also for the present. Therefore, one of the tennis legends, Boris Becker, believes that the young Spaniard could one day be world No. 1.

Alcaraz went down in the third round at the Australian Open after struggling for a long time Matteo Berretini. He then bounced back with a win at the Rio Open, beating the much more experienced Diego Schwartzman in the final. Mexico was not his happy hunting ground, but he recovered again in Indian Wells. There he reached the final and played really good tennis en route to the title shot. However, he was beaten by a supervisor Rafael Nadal. Nonetheless, he carried that momentum into the Miami Open and there he had a great run when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, Hubert Hurkacz and Kasper Ruud To make history and become the youngest person ever to win the title at the Miami Open. But the recent Monte Carlo campaign was far from his standards as he crashed into him in the second lap Sebastian Korda as the Spaniard struggled to adapt to the conditions on the Monaco pitch.

“Carlos Alcaraz has the mentality of not just being satisfied with the semi-finals, he always wants to win,” said Boris Becker about the Spaniard

Carlo Alcaraz
Carlo Alcaraz

German legend Boris Becker believes there are several reasons to believe the Murcian native will be a future World No. 1. Judging by the way he’s behaved on the pitch against some of the top players, that’s an indication. Then his all-round game in tennis, which is effective on all surfaces, is in demand in order to remain relevant for a long time. However, Becker warned him not to get too swallowed up by all the hype and expectations from his fans.

Speaking to the Eurosport podcast Das Gelbe vom Ball, Becker said: “If everything goes back to normal, then yes, he can become world No. 1.” He’s only 18 but you just have to look at how he’s played over the past six months.”

The six-time Grand Slam winner shared that Alcaraz is not someone who will be satisfied with a semi-final appearance here and there. He also doesn’t have the mentality to only play against the greats of the world. The young Spaniard is always pushing him to win tournaments and he showed that at the Miami Open. “He went to Miami and just kept winning. He has a mentality not to be satisfied with just reaching a semi-final or playing against the best players in the world – he wants to go further and [we saw that] by winning his first Masters title against a top opponent.”

But Boris Becker isn’t putting any pressure on the teenager as the German understands there are several factors that can affect a player’s ranking. Therefore, Becker concluded, “So he can become number 1, but anything can happen in sport.”

After the disappointment in Monte Carlo, Carlos Alcaraz will look to settle the score at the Barcelona Open. With Rafael Nadal absent, the young Spaniard will feel right at home as he continues his preparations for the upcoming Roland Garros.

Also read: “I had to put my soul in it,” Stefanos Tsitsipas looks back on his grueling victory over Alexander Zverev in the semifinals of Monte Carlo “He can be number 1 in the world,” impressed tennis legend Boris Becker with Carlos Alcaraz and his extraordinary quest for success

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