Tennis commentator Nick Lester has backed Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz to return to his very best after having a disappointing start to the 2024 season.
The 20-year-old is often regarded as one of the most highly-rated players currently playing in the men’s singles category alongside Italy’s Jannik Sinner.
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Lester was recently quoted in a report where he expressed optimism to see Alcaraz return to the very best in the near future and stated that he won’t be surprised to see him outperform Sinner.
“I wouldn’t rule out Carlos to have a bigger year than Sinner from this point forward,” said Lester. “He didn’t play great against Zverev at the Australian Open, but the level that was coming at him in the first two sets was very high.
“Alcaraz is such an aggressive player and there were periods in that match where the aggression is slightly off. He has periods in matches where he struggles to put it all together and the guys he is up against will punish that.”
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Alcaraz was knocked out of the Australian Open 2024 after losing in the quarterfinal to Germany’s Alexander Zverev with a score of 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.
Lester further went on to heap praise on Sinner as well who recently won the Australian Open after beating the current world number three Russia’s Daniil Medvedev with a score of 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
“I had a long chat with his agent just before the final in Melbourne and we spoke about Jannik’s life,” he said. “He said he is just a very normal, down to earth guy. Winning a Grand Slam won’t change him and he won’t be getting ahead of himself. I think he will cope with it just fine.
“I was also in Malaga to watch him play against Djokovic in the Davis Cup and that match was incredible. Novak had three match points and it seemed like the match was over, but Jannik has a game that can trouble anyone when he is on top form and he showed that in Melbourne.”