Daniil Medvedev: Carlos Alcaraz Currently Resembles Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Their Prime


Daniil Medvedev: Carlos Alcaraz Currently Resembles Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Their Prime

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Daniil Medvedev has heaped praise on Carlos Alcaraz, likening him to the caliber of players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the current ATP tour landscape. On Sunday, October 8, Medvedev, the second seed, suffered an early exit from the Shanghai Masters, succumbing to a 7-6(8), 6-2 defeat against Sebastian Korda. The World No. 3 was the defending champion, having claimed the title in 2019 before the tournament’s three-year hiatus.

Medvedev’s missed opportunities in the first set, including three set points and three double faults, gave Korda the lead. In the second set, Korda capitalized on a break in the second game, securing victory in one hour and 28 minutes.

During a post-match press conference, Medvedev was asked about his thoughts on the favorite to win this year’s Shanghai Masters title. In response, the Russian commended Alcaraz as a perennial contender for any ATP tour title, emphasizing his current form. Medvedev stated, “Carlos is just, at the moment, he’s, let’s say, the player like Novak, Rafa were before. Every time he’s in the tournament he’s the biggest, or when Novak is there, one of the two biggest contenders for the title.”

Medvedev, 27, also mentioned Italian player Jannik Sinner as another strong candidate to excel in Shanghai. He acknowledged Sinner’s excellent form and noted the challenge of adapting to the physical demands of back-to-back tournaments, with Sinner having played in Beijing the previous week. Medvedev asserted, “Jannik is in great shape, let’s see how physically he can adapt to also playing Beijing last week. So I would say they are the two biggest favorites.”

However, Medvedev highlighted the unpredictability of tennis, where unexpected outcomes can occur, stating, “But at the same time, that’s why we like tennis. Maybe Jannik loses today, Carlos loses tomorrow, and it’s all over. But, yeah, so, let’s see. That’s why tennis is interesting, we can never know.



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