ATP have themselves to blame says Paul McNamee calling Novak Djokovic - Carlos Alcaraz ATP Finals battle an 'anti climax'

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 at 01:59
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Former doubles world No. 1 Paul McNamee criticized the court conditions at the ATP Finals following the "anti-climax" victory of Novak Djokovic over Carlos Alcaraz.
Perhaps the most anticipated match by fans before the ATP Finals was the possibility of the world No. 1 and world No. 2 facing off and delivering another memorable encounter like the Wimbledon final (won by Alcaraz) or the Cincinnati Open final (won by Djokovic).
In the semifinals of the tournament, 'Nole' demonstrated superiority and took the match with a resounding 6-3, 6-2 victory in an hour and 30 minutes. For former Australian tennis player Paul McNamee, the match was marked by the surface in Turin, which did not do justice to the magnitude of the contest.
"63 62 was a masterclass by Djokovic over Alcaraz, the second best player in the world. Ultimately though an anti climax…. but ATP have themselves to blame by laying such a quick surface…imo not a way to showcase the two best players," he posted on X (Formerly Twitter).
Faced with the responses from some fans, the former doubles world No. 1 commented that the issue is not the surfaces being too fast but that they are not suitable for the ATP Finals.
"I don’t have a problem with a fast surface…. but not for the finals, which should be balanced and give a fair go to all eight players," he added.
After the match between Alcaraz and Djokovic, the Serbian was pleased with the strategy he executed during the match. He expressed pride in the intensity he displayed and the focus in crucial moments:
"I approached the match with the right attitude, the right mentality, and I knew from the very first point it was going to be greatly intense. He had break points right away, 15/40 in the first game. That’s Carlos. He always brings out his best in these kinds of matches and starts with a lot of high quality tennis and intensity. You’ve got to match that, try to weather the storm, and I did that," Djokovic explained.

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