“It will be a big challenge for me,” Carlos Alcaraz opens his possible quarter-final game against Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic

Carlo Alcaraz brings great form from the Miami Open where he recently broke all records. The 18-year-old became the youngest to win the Breaking event Novak DjokovicRecord. Alcaraz showed great character and panache to get past his opponents one by one.

Now the young Spaniard has his sights set on what is to come Monte Carlo champion as he prepares for Roland Garros. He’ll be looking for a great start on the clay in Monaco and his current placement has allowed him a first-round bye. Alcaraz meets the winner of the first round clash Sebastian Korda and Botic van de Zandschlup to launch his first Monte Carlo Masters campaign.

Some pundits including Alex Corretja have praised the youngster heavily and believe he has unreal potential. They want him to stay calm and keep working on his game and they expect soon a player who can be very consistent and produce quality on all surfaces.

Alcaraz, who hails from Murcia, is often compared to Rafel Nadal mainly because of his nationality and similarly aggressive attitude on the pitch. Alcaraz has admitted that he thinks Nadal is his idol, but he has also admitted that he is more like Roger Federer in terms of gameplay.

“I started playing when I was four years old and have watched the best since I was little. Rafa, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. When I first started playing, I always watched their games. I always had an idol which is Rafa. I’ve followed him a lot over the years. Then as I get older I look a bit more like Federer in terms of playing style. the teenager explained in his comparisons with Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz could face Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters

Carlo Alcaraz
Carlo Alcaraz

Alcaraz is already considered one of the favorites to win the Monte Carlo Masters despite the presence of some top players. With Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev absent, things are more open for the Spaniard, who is on form and his confidence is high too. Despite world no. 1 Novak Djokovic making his comeback this year in this tournament, the Serb will be rusty and likely need a few games or more to find his best form.

But this is where the excitement mounts as Carlos Alcaraz is in the same bracket as Novak Djokovic. They may even meet in the quarterfinals in Monaco. Alcaraz meets both Jo Wilfred Tsonga or Marin Cilic. Even though both are veterans, people expect Alcaraz to beat them and reach the quarterfinals. The 18-year-old’s route to the quarter-finals is relatively smooth, but then he will most likely set up a quarter-final match with Novak Djokovic, who is aiming to return to his best form to defend his French Open title.

Tennis fans around the world are excited to see Alcaraz take on Djokovic. Even if the Serb is not in the best form right now. Lots of people have praised the teenage sensation following his victory in Miami. But now Alcaraz has a responsibility to live up to expectations.

Pressure is something Alcaraz doesn’t feel, and even when he does, he hides it pretty well with a poker face. His attitude and demeanor are well beyond his years as he never loses his cool even when he’s down. He patiently waits for his chances and has enough quality to often fool his opponents.

Carlos Alcaraz spoke about his potential quarterfinals match against Novak Djokovic, admitting that it will be a great experience and at the same time a big challenge for him. He said, “It would be great to play against him, it would be a big challenge for me.”

So it remains to be seen if youthful sensation Carlos Alcaraz will come up with the upset or if returning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will edge past opponents to clinch his third Monte Carlo Masters title.

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