Patrick Mouratoglou expressed his disagreement with the comparison that puts Carlos Alcaraz on the same level as the Big 3.
The former coach of Serena Williams shared his opinion, stating that we are in a new era of tennis, and while it is incredible that Alcaraz has already won two Grand Slam titles at just 20 years old, there will never be another Big Three like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
"I don't like the idea of the Big 3 label for Alcaraz.”
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“We're in a different era. There is no more Big 3 anyway. There is Novak who's dominating the game and then Carlos comes in, wins two Grand Slams at 20 years old and is in a position that is incredible. And he shows incredible qualities,” Mouratoglou said.
Patrick Mouratoglou stated that the comparison between Alcaraz and the Big 3 doesn't make much sense.
“To label him Big 3, for me, makes no sense. If you look at the game today, there is Novak and Carlos, Daniil, who's very close, he's winning a lot, and all the others that are under. That doesn't mean they can't win a Grand Slam but for the moment they're under.”
“Big 3 we're talking about Roger, Rafa, Novak, guys who have 20+ Grand Slams. So to label someone in the Big 3 on the men's tour makes no sense for me.”
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Mouratoglou also highlighted Alcaraz's ability to handle pressure in difficult moments and his mental strength:
"I honestly believe that what tipped the balance in Carlos' favor was that he felt freer and more relaxed in the decisive moments, this led him to be more aggressive and to play his tennis without problems,” added Mouratoglou.
“The Wimbledon final was a very mental match, the two made it but Djokovic had the match in hand several times. Both in the tiebreak of the second set and in that break point in the fifth but I saw him tense in the key moments. Nole is the most successful tennis player in history and perhaps this is also on his shoulders.”
Being the big favorite and always playing to increase your own extraordinary high scores puts a strain on you, mentally, and ends up being a burden. I definitely think Alcaraz took advantage of that," concluded Mouratoglou.