Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic congratulate Carlos Alcaraz on US Open title

Carlos Alcaraz: ‘I don’t know why people compare me to the Big Three’

Carlos Alcaraz says he does not not understand why he is being compared to the big three, but he doesn’t see it as a pressure.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated tennis for more than a decade and a half, winning an astonishing 63 major titles between them.

By contrast, 19-year-old Alcaraz is just starting out, but he has made a stunning impact by winning a maiden major at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in history.

That has drawn comparisons with the big three given the sheer level that Alcaraz has produced. He says people are free to compare if they wish, but it has no effect on him.

“It’s not a pressure, I enjoy playing tennis and when I do it is when the results come,” Carlos Alcaraz said. “Many times I smile in tense moments in matches. Being on the court makes me enjoy myself.

“I don’t know why I’m getting compared to the Big Three. They have been there [on the Tour] for 20 years, they have won everything and I am starting. It does not make sense, I want to continue my way.

“Comparing myself with the Big Three is that I have to improve day by day. They have been getting better day by day. That’s what I’m looking for.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.