Carlos Alcaraz Stefanos Tsitsipas US Open 2021

Carlos Alcaraz ‘one of the most talented players ever’ claims rival

Carlos Alcaraz has been labelled ‘one of the most talented players ever’ by top 5 rival Stefanos Tsitsipas, who drew comparisons to another Spaniard in Rafael Nadal.

Alcaraz reclaimed his spot at the top of the ATP rankings once again, after winning his first grass court title at Queen’s Club and the 20-year-old will now enter Wimbledon as the top seed for the first time in his career.

The world No.5 Tsitsipas has not fared well in his previous meetings with Alcaraz, and spoke of the intensity that the young Murcian has brought to the sport.

“Carlos has shown us that tennis is a more intense sport than we expected,” claimed Tsitsipas. “Rafa [Nadal] brought something new with his tennis.”

The Greek continued, “I think Carlos, now, is young blood, he runs very fast, he hits the ball very hard. He plays very free and is one of the most talented players I have ever seen. He’s going to be hard to beat. I know he is very good.”

“He has shown in the last games we’ve played that he is a tough opponent. I try to make the best of this. I hope that different results can come.”

While Alcaraz has been conquering the grass, Tsitsipas has been struggling on the surface and has only won one of his four ATP tour matches in the build-up to Wimbledon.

Both players are in the top half of the Wimbledon draw, with Alcaraz drawing against tour veteran Jeremy Chardy and Tsitsipas with former No.3 Dominic Thiem, and would have to break unchartered territory to meet in the semi-final at SW19.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Stefanos Tsitsipas head-to-head

As mentioned, Tsitsipas has struggled against the No.1 and in-fact has not won a single match in their handful of meetings to date.

Here is the head-to-head in full:

Alcaraz vs Tsitsipas: 5-0

  1. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas, 6-3 4-6 7-6(2) 0-6 7-6(5) (US Open 2021)
  2. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas, 7-5 6-3 (Miami Open 2022)
  3. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas, 6-4 5-7 6-2 (Barcelona Open 2022)
  4. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas, 6-3 6-4 (Barcelona Open 2023)
  5. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas, 6-2 6-1 7-6(5) (Roland Garros 2023)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.