Novak Djokovic has dismissed the idea that Carlos Alcaraz is like his long-time rival Rafael Nadal.
The Serb won the latest installment of their rivalry by downing Alcaraz in straight sets during the semi-finals, before discussing comparisons with Nadal.
“I can’t (see Nadal in Alcaraz),” said Djokovic. “They are different players. From the point of view of the great event and the feeling of intensity on the court, yes, there are some similarities.
“But he is a completely different player from Rafa. He is one of the most complete players I have ever faced in my career.
“It’s amazing for his age that he’s been able to play consistently well for a number of years already, and he’s the youngest ever world No.1 we’ve had.
“A brilliant career already, and I think it’s pretty clear that he’s going to have a great career full of success in the years to come.
“He’s still very young. But, yes, he brings out the best in me. He makes me prepare for the game as well as I can.
“That’s where I would probably compare it to the preparations I had in the matches against Nadal or [Roger] Federer, where I had to come out every time at the peak of my abilities to win against them.”
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