Carlos Alcaraz defeated his idol Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Madrid but remained humble when asked to name the best player in the world.
On Friday, Alcaraz defeated record 21-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in the Madrid quarterfinal.
A day later, Alcraz edged out Djokovic in a three-set thriller.
Beating Nadal and Djokovic at the same tournament is not something many have managed to accomplish.
“Well, Djokovic, because he’s No. 1. But I don’t know what to say. Both of them are some of the best players of history,” Alcaraz said. “I don’t know how to tell you who is the best. If you want, I can tell you in the ranking, Djokovic is No. 1.”
Alcaraz is the best player in the world since the Australian Open.
He doesn’t want to admit it, though… pic.twitter.com/f6GGyYKb0D
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) May 8, 2022
Alcaraz: I’m not ranked at No. 1 in the world
Alcaraz entered Madrid with a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world.
Following his Madrid result, he climbed to a new career-high ranking of No. 6 in the world.
“I’m not going to tell you that The one that I know, I’m not going to tell you,” Alcaraz noted. “I was able to beat No. 1, but still I’m ranked No. 9. I still have eight players in front of me to be the No. 1.”
Alcaraz plays aggressive no matter who is on the other side of the net.
Alcaraz’s aggressive approach and mindset paid off as he managed to beat Djokovic in their first-ever meeting.
“For today’s match? I would say that I play in the same level since the beginning of the match until the last point,” Alcaraz said. “I think we played a great match, both of us, but personally, I would say that I play aggressive all the time. I was focused all the time, as well, and, yeah, we played great rallies, great points. Yeah, I would say, well, that I played the same level.”