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20-Year-Old Carlos Alcaraz Slapped With a Harsh Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic Reality Check As Renowned Tennis Coach Offers Crude Insight

Published 07/24/2023, 8:31 AM EDT

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At the age of 20, Carlos Alcaraz has taken the tennis arena by surprise. After winning his 12th Men’s Singles title at Wimbledon this year. His sheer talent and ability to beat one of the best at such a young age made him the talk of the town. With two Grand Slam titles under his belt, he has already made a mark in his career at a relatively young age. But now, after receiving the highest praise since beating Novak Djokovic, the Spaniard has been dragged back into reality.

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You read it right! Gunter Bresnik, Dominic Thiem‘s former coach, recently poured cold water on Alcaraz’s popularity following Wimbledon. As he gave a reality check to the world’s number-one-ranked tennis player, by referring to his current position with the tennis giants, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, and even Andy Murray.

Dominic Thiem’s former coach drags Carlos Alcaraz back to reality 


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After lifting the Wimbledon title against Djokovic, the Spaniard is in almost every tennis conversation. He has been constantly compared to the younger versions of the big three tennis players. Although a lot of tennis players have talked about how the 20-year-old can sit on the same bar with the Big Three looking at the way he is rising up on the court.

While a lot of tennis enthusiasts are convinced of the same, an Australian coach who helped Boris Becker and Dominic Thiem. Recently, shared his views on how he is not convinced of the Spaniard’s sporting level. In a recent interview with Kleine Zeitung, Bresnik warned that there was still a long way to go. He said, “I’m still convinced that Roger, Rafa, Novak, and maybe Murray played better at their best than Alcaraz is doing today.


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In addition, the 62-year-old made it clear that he does not see the Spaniard at the same level as the big three tennis players.

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Nevertheless, on the other hand, the Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev, whose Wimbledon Run was cut short by the 20-year-old, that too in the semi-final. He also shared a totally different take when he dissected Alcaraz’s game.

When Daniil Medvedev drew a comparison between Alcaraz and the Big Three

The 27-year-old Russian tennis player lost his opportunity to play the championship match against the Serbian tennis star. As he faced a defeat in the semi-finals by none other than Alcaraz. After the match, during the post-press conference, he made a major disclosure regarding where the Spaniard stands regarding tennis prowess with the Big Three.


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He stated that even though the big three have won so many Grand Slam tournaments. The 20-year-old tennis player is just like them in the sense that he is just 20. And already won his first Grand Slam title last year at the US Open, making it big at just 19. Nevertheless, while everyone was concerned about who would carry on the tennis legacy after the big three. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Alcaraz can be one of the perfect candidates for this sporting arena.

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Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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