John McEnroe praises Alcaraz: He has put himself on a par with Nadal and Djokovic at just 20 years of age
John McEnroe, at 64, remains one of the most authoritative voices in the tennis world.
The champion of seven Grand Slam titles, including four US Opens, heaped praise on Carlos Alcaraz on the eve of the last major of the calendar.
“What Alcaraz has done in the last year is unbelievable,” he said.
“He’s put himself in a position where you talk about him in the same way as Novak [Djokovic] and Rafa [Nadal] in a way which is incredible.
“The best player I’ve ever seen at his age. It’s incredible how good he is already.”
He also praised Novak Djokovic and believes that everyone wants to see the Serbian and the Spaniard go head to head again.
“Novak is incredible how good he still is,” he said.
“Even though in America you want to see an American break through, everyone is saying ‘oh I want to see Alcaraz play Novak’ because he wasn’t allowed to play. That was the first tournament in America he’s played in two years in the States. The whole thing was crazy. It’s a great story.
“To see the all-time great play against the young superstar is incredible. I’d love to see that match played again. The last couple of matches have all been close and incredible matches. Let’s hope it lasts.”